Wednesday, May 15, 2013

We Have Moved!!!


What this means for you:  You have to change your bookmark!  LOL.  If you are an email subscriber, it should automatically start sending your emails from the new site.  If not, leave a comment and I will try and fix it!  I will still get notifications of comments here.  :D  Thank you all for following the Zoo and sticking with us!  

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

DIY Knitting Nancy Guest Post

Hello there! Dawn here from With a Side of Thriftiness. I am so glad to have the opportunity to blog here at Crafty Zoo with Monkeys, thank you Kaycee! I would like to take this opportunity to discuss knitting. Yes, I am 30+ and just learning to knit. My husband had bought me a "learning to knit kit" for Valentine's day. I am ashamed to admit it has been staring at me, begging to be opened. There is no time like the present, right?
 I have tried to teach myself in the past, and well... it's just confusing to me. I guess it would be easier for some to show me, personally. Today was my very first day to take a "stab" at knitting again, well if you can call it knitting, lol! It took near an hour to learn how to make a long-tail cast chain on my needle. Then, watched some YouTube videos and still could not get the whole hand / yarn / needle positions. I happened to notice the Knitty Gritty crafting show on TV today. They were using a nifty device that seems like an easier way for a newbie to learn. The device is called a Knitting Nancy. It allows you to knit with yarn and hands ONLY! No needles. Terrific, right?
 I had never heard of a Knitting Nancy, have you? Since I am not sure when I will be able to get to the craft store next, I turned to Pinterest to see if there is a homemade version of a Knitting Nancy. Low and behold, there was a PIN for that. I am beginning to think there is a PIN for everything! I found how to make my very own Knitty Nancy from some popsicle sticks and the tube from a roll of toilet paper. Crazy! Below you will see how I constructed the device:
I am probably way behind for my age, but hey, we all have to start somewhere. It is embarrassing to know that children can knit, yet I can not. I turned yet again to YouTube and found a tutorial video of a child knitting like crazy... with a DIY Knitting Nancy! So there is hope for me... after all! He's good, right! You go boy, you go! Since I found a YouTube Video of a child knitting with the Knitting Nancy, I wanted to see if there are any other tutorials for the device. Here's the best one that I found: Wish me luck as I start my new venture in knitting. I hope to get good enough to transition to using actual needs. I appreciate the time you took to read my little guest post. Here's to all those who Knit :)

Monday, May 13, 2013

Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop International

Hey everyone!  Nothing like a good book to keep the kids busy during the summer!  Hope you'll find some books that you love on this awesome hop!  :D
We are giving away a copy of Can't Wait Willow by Christy Ziglar and Illustrated by Luanne Marten.  This book is a great way to get your kids thinking about making the right decisions!  You can read my review here.
Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop
May 13th – 19th
Hosted by
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What is Children’s Book Week?
Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running literacy initiative in the country. Each year, books for young people and the joy of reading are feted for a full week with author and illustrator appearances, storytelling, parties, and other book-related events at schools, libraries, bookstores, museums, and homes from coast to coast!
For more information please visit: http://www.bookweekonline.com/
Celebrate & Promote Children’s Book Week by taking part in The Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop.
International!  :D
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Totally Toddler Giveaway Hop: Ends 5/27

Welcome to the Totally Toddler Giveaway Hop! This event is hosted by Mommy's Favorite Things and Mama's Baby Cupcakes.
This hop is focused on items you'd want/need for a child ages 1-6 yrs old. After visiting my giveaway, make sure you use the linky below to take a look at the other 25+ blogs and see what they have to offer for you and your little one! Each blog has a minimum prize package of $25 per winner.
Also be sure to check out the Grand Prize featured on Mommy's Favorite Things blog. This grand prize package is sponsored by Pediped with 3 pair of shoes in gender and size of choice, and 2 Red Hens for a snack bag set and a Toy Nanny for a total value of just over $200 in prizes.
US Only.  
Video has been opened to ensure it plays as I have gotten a few lately that didn't!
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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Can't-Wait Willow: A Children's Book Review


***Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising***
Can't-Wait Willow is a truly adorable little book.  I found myself reading it as if I were reading it to a small child and really enjoyed it!  If you haven't guessed, Willow has a little issue with waiting.  In her little adventure Willow learns the importance of waiting through a colorful journey to the Over The Top Circus.  Can't-Wait Willow is an adorable little book that your kids will truly love  as they learn the importance of not always getting what you want...  It was also a nice little reminder for me!
The book is full of really pretty illustrations that will keep your little ones eyes busy as you read to them yet is written simple enough that they can learn to read it on their own and still enjoy it.  Can't-Wait Willow is the first book in a new series designed to help re-enforce those little lessons we all strive to teach our little ones as well as help them in developing their reading skills.  It is published by Shine Bright Kids and more information can be found below.

About Shine Bright Kids:
The Shine Bright Kids series provides children and their families with a relevant framework to help instill solid values and teach the importance of making good choices. The principles that will be explored include: using good judgment, taking responsibility, having a positive attitude, and demonstrating perseverance.
About the Author:  (Recognize the last name Ziglar?!?) Christy Ziglar, financial planner, mother of twins and niece of legendary motivator and the world’s original optimist, Zig Ziglar, is bringing the same timeless wisdom and ageless advice to an entirely new, younger audience through her new Shine Bright Kids picture book series. Christy is available for Q&A, author interviews, Skype calls, etc.!
The first book in the series:  Can't-Wait Willow!
Willow is so excited that the Over-the-Top Circus has finally come to town! The only problem is, that when left to her own devices, she can’t say “no” to some good things. On the way to the show, she is distracted by enticing treats and fun that she just can’t turn down. Willow arrives late and is sad to find that, not only has she has run out of time, but money, and she won’t be able to enjoy the pink cotton candy she’s been dreaming of. Willow is given valuable advice and a second chance and is ultimately taught the lesson that sometimes in life you have to say “no” to good things to end up with something great!
About the Illustrator: Thanks to her first grade teacher, who recognized her superior skills in drawing a robin, Luanne Marten has been drawing, painting and sketching ever since.  She is a great experimenter and has a fresh, whimsical approach to bring her characters to life. Website: The author's website has great resources to support the book, including a printable poster with 'Ways to Shine Bright,' as well as reward chart you can use at home with your children. Visit: http://www.alwaysshinebright.com
The publisher site is: http://www.idealsbooks.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IdealsBooks Pictures of you and your family enjoying Can't-Wait Willow! are encouraged on Facebook and Twitter! Trailer: https://vimeo.com/63779686

A little Note for Everyone Before Mother's Day

Hey everyone!  I hope that you are getting ready to have a blessed Mother's Day!  I thought this was a cute little set of info so I decided to share it with you a day early as a little reminder.  Honestly, these days I need lots of reminders!  If your a Mom, you know it's the hardest and most rewarding job in the world, if your a Dad, I'd bet you sometimes stand in awe of that woman, if you are a kid, I hope you know just how much your Mom loves you and does for you.  Regardless, everyone has a Mom in their lives and I hope we can all take a day to celebrate her.  May God Bless you and Keep you and yours!
-The Zoo Keeper
Amazing things only mothers do [Infographic]
Via: Promocode4share.com

Thursday, May 9, 2013

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NAAT Brazilian Keratin Review


It's a little weird posting a picture of your hair, I'm not going to lie.  It also made me realize I desperately need a hair cut and more up to date style.  Monkey said my hair looked like a lion's mane.  If only I could get that child to know when to shut up!  LOL.  Anyway, my terrible style is not what I'm here to discuss.  
Product Description
Everyday Moisture that Reduces Volume & Frizz
NAAT Brazilian Keratin collection restores and intensifies your hair's nutritional balance, leaving it incredibly smooth, strong and flexible. Unlike typical animal-based keratins, our exclusive Green Keratin formula stays in your hair longer and is more resistant to rinsing. Promotes vibrancy and hydration, giving hair a natural, healthy shine. Products include: Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Mask, Leave-In, and Serum.
My Thoughts
To be completely honest, I really loved how soft it made my hair feel!  I would say I wish you could feel it, but then I pictured random people reaching through their computers and touching my hair and got a little creeped out.  LOL.  Anyway, I used the shampoo and conditioner from the collection for a while, exclusively, so that I could see if it made a difference and it did.  I agree with what the company says in their description.  You know how when you wash your hair with shampoo it feels kind of icky right after the shampoo is rinsed, like you REALLY need conditioner?  Well, there is a reason for that!  Shampoo strips our hair of natural oils and gives it that rough feeling.  Then we put conditioner on to restore some of the moisture we've stripped.  Problem is, you never can get all the natural moisture back.  This collection doesn't strip your hair of those natural oils, it only cleans it!  My hair felt softer and was shinier when I was using Brazilian Keratin!  
Conclusion
Oooh, doesn't that make it sound so official?  LOL.  I really liked the way NAAT Brazilian Keratin made my hair feel.  The company didn't give us any links as to where to buy it but I was able to find it on both amazon and ebay if you are interested.  Given the sites I found it on, the cost varies too much for me to give you a definite cost range, but I do know that it is pricier than most products you'd find on the shelf.  Unfortunately, it's a bit out of my budget.  If it weren't, it would be worth it!  

 



Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Celebrating Moms #Giveaway

Celebrating Moms

So what is it, that one little thing that your Mom always did when you were a kid (and possibly even does now) that sticks with you and helps you know that you are loved and special?  My Mom use to pick me up from school and we would have 'skip days' every now and then.  We would go out to eat, go shopping, and just spend time together.  Now, with my daughter, we occasionally have Mother/Daughter nights where we go out and do...  well, whatever we want.  :D  Those nights always end up with teaching some great lesson through example, like when we ended up at Applebee's on a late Friday night and I got to point out a good example of why you should not only drink responsibly, but not ever get hammered!  *A special thanks to that drunken fool I had to run off from our table!  Though I didn't appreciate the demonstration, I appreciated the lesson I was able to teach because of it!*  

Join us for an exciting giveaway from Save1.com worth $800 in value, and enter for your chance to win one of four Amazon e-gift cards! One winner will receive the Grand Prize of a $500 Amazon e-gift card, and three winners will receive a $100 Amazon e-gift card! We hope this will be a very special blessing to all the moms out there. Enjoy this delightful infographic about mothers and don't forget to enter for your chance to win in the giveaway!

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Giveaway Time!

This special Mother's Day giveaway is brought to you by the generous sponsors at Save1.com.
This event was organized by Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou.
Prize: There will be four winners total for this giveaway. One (1) winner will receive the Grand Prize of a $500 Amazon e-gift card! Three (3) winners will each receive a $100 Amazon e-gift card! The total value of all prizes included in this giveaway is $800 value in Amazon e-gift cards! Location: Must be a resident of the USA or Canada. Age: 18 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited. Date: This giveaway begins on 5/02/2013 and will end on 5/12/2013 (Mother's Day) at 12:01am Eastern time. Please support the sponsor and follow Save1 on:
Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter form below. Once you have signed up for Save1’s newsletter, the only mandatory entry, it will unlock the additional optional giveaway entries that you can enter to increase your chances of winning. If you complete ALL entries in the giveaway form you are entitled to a free bonus of 10 additional entries! Best of luck to each of you! Happy Mother's Day! a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Tale of Mally Biddle Tour & $50 Giveaway

The Tale of Mally Biddle by M.L. LeGette
 When Mally Biddle agreed to spy upon the King of Lenzar and his overbearing knights she knew she was heading into danger. She didn't know she'd find a family unlike any other. Posing as a servant in Bosc Castle, Mally serves tea and tends fires for the most dangerous men in the kingdom. Her goal is to learn the truth of what happened sixteen years ago, when the infant princess met her death ... a death that is surrounded by more questions than answers. Along her search for the truth, Mally meets the energized Lita Stump, the strict and matriarchal Meriyal Boyd, and the opinionated Archibald Diggleby. Then of course there are the knights: Leon Gibbs who is slicker than a greased hog, Adrian Bayard, hot tempered and violent, and the worst of the lot: Sir Illius Molick, Captain of the Knights. And then there is Maud, a mysterious woman who just might know everything...
Praise "To say I loved this book is an understatement. Mally is a wonderful character and she encounters so many quirky folks on her assignment. Very well written and engaging story! And an added bonus of a love triangle! I enjoyed it from beginning to end!! I will definitely be looking for more from this author!" ~April Holgate  
Author Melissa LeGette Melissa LeGette lives in Georgia where she helps run a family farm, so her nails are a fright. The Tale of Mally Biddle is her second novel.
  mally biddle

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Old Fashion Donut Recipe & Bread Machine Donut Recipe


1 cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 eggs
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup milk
4 cups flour (plus a little more if dough is sticky)
oil (for frying)
cinnamon sugar

Directions:

1.  In a large bowl mix the sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.
2.  Add eggs, milk and melted butter. Beat well.
3.  Add 3 cups of the flour, beating until blended. Add one more cup of flour and beat well. The dough should be soft and sticky but firm enough to handle. If you feel its necessary, add up to 1/2 cup more flour.
4.  Cover with plastic wrap and chill for *at* *least* one hour.
5.  Remove your dough from the fridge and begin heating about 1" of oil to 360F in a large metal skillet.
6.  Working half the dough at a time, roll it out on a floured surface to about 1/2" thickness. Cut out circles using a doughnut cutter or large biscuit or cookie cutter. For the center, I actually use the lid of a spice bottle to cut the holes.
7.  Gently drop the doughnuts in batches into the hot oil.  You'll want the temp at 350 so that they cook through but don't burn. Flip them over as they puff and turn them a couple more times as they cook. They will take about 2-3 minutes in total and will be lovely and golden brown all over.
8.  Remove from the oil and set them on paper towels or brown paper bag (that removes all the fat, you know)

This recipe was found at the link below:
Read more at: http://www.food.com/recipe/old-fashioned-cake-doughnuts-383868?oc=linkback
Bread Machine Donuts Recipe

Friday, May 3, 2013

Ring the Bell DVD Review & Giveaway

Ring the Bell will be available for purchase on 5/3/2013 and is a movie that sets out to teach and inspire through entertainment.  The DVD will be released at $19.99 and features the Christian band Casting Crowns and features Stephan Curtis Chapman.  You can obtain a leader and study group guide via their website to deepen the movie experience.  

About Ring the Bell:
Ring The Bell shares the story of a slick, big city sports agent Rob Decker who seems to have it all. But on his latest mission to sign a high school baseball superstar, Rob becomes stranded in a small town wherethe simplicity of life—and the faith of the people—stand in stark contrast to his own fast-paced, win-at-all-costs mindset. Torn between these two worlds, will Rob have the courage to let faith transform his life? This heartwarming story of redemption is sure to entertain and inspire the whole family.
Ring The Bell features a host of well-known Christian music artists, such as Mark Hall along with his band Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Matthew West, all who play a role in this inspirational drama. Several former and current Major League Baseball all-stars are also featured in the film: ESPN analysts John Kruk and Rick Sutcliffe (a former Cy Young Award winner), along with Ben Zobrist.
This family-friendly movie was produced by Mark Miller, Beach Street Records' founder and Casting Crowns’ producer. Miller, who is also the lead singer and founder of country music group Sawyer Brown, co-wrote the script with Thomas Weber and Weber directed the production.
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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Pro Home Stores Fountain Review

Hey everyone!  I recently had the pleasure of reviewing an 8" Table Top Fountain from Pro Home Stores.  We've enjoyed having our little fountain on the corner of the bar in the kitchen.  It adds a certain bit of zen to the room, especially in the late evening when all of the other lights are off in the room.  A comfortable glow radiates from the lower pot as the water from the larger pot flows steadily down.  If you haven't guessed, we love it's presence!  The only thing that I don't love about the fountain is that the part that plugs in for the water pump gets pretty hot after a while.  Perhaps a larger power source was warranted?  I've got no idea on those sorts of things.  Overall, though, we are very pleased with the product.  It adds a great bit of positive ambiance!
ProHomeStores.com has an amazing selection of products, thousands actually!  All the home and office decor I can think of!  Some featured products include tabletop fire places, hammock chairs, and of course their fabulous outdoor water fountains!     There are ten specialty stores:
Bean Bag Chair Pros
Gun Safe Pros
Electric Fireplace Pros
Hammock Pros
Office Decor Pros
Out Door Art Pros
Out Door Fireplace Pros
TV Lift Pros
Ventless Fireplace Pros
Water Fountain Pros
My personal favorite, and the one which our amazing fountain came from is the Water Fountain Pros store.  I can't even begin to list all the products there that I am in love with!  The entire company has a great selection for what seems like any and all needs!  Shipping is always free and there is no sales tax, which is great!  Chief Zoo Keeper is up for a hammock next!


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Free Blogger Opp: $800 Giveaway!!! US/CAN


PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let them know Crafty Zoo sent you!  *I giggle everytime  because that rhymes!  LOL*  
Here are the details:
  • FREE Twitter link for signing up and promoting promoting to all their social media channels while the giveaway is live.
  • Additional FREE link – Pinterest or Picket Fence for sharing this free giveaway opp on their blogs and on Facebook.
  • Giveaway is Open to USA and Canada.
  • Dates: May 2- May 12 (Mother’s Day).
  • Top two referring bloggers with most referrals receive a prize! First place gets choice of a free “task” page ($25 value) or cohost spot and Second place gets a co-host spot – $10 value! Please share this opp and win a task page or co-host spot!

Life is Too Short Tour & $25 Giveaway

 

Life is Too Short Collection

Are you looking for a fabulous life boost today? The Life is Too Short series is just what you need. Written by Connie Sokol—mother of seven, author, speaker, and amazing matching sock finder—these humorous self-development columns give you just the right amount of fun and functional. Originally written for a major newspaper and magazines, you can now enjoy the entire collection in one book. Put your feet up and laugh as you relate to time-tested tips on being a woman, wife, and mother. You'll learn the cozy stuff of how to adjust expectations, have faith in your dreams, and lighten up in motherhood. And, you'll learn a few life skills such as easy spring cleaning, simplifying the holidays, and creating successful goals. It's the perfect gift for any woman! Short, funny, insightful, these quick power columns are ideal anytime, anywhere, to rejuvenate your mind and soul.

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  Review from I Love to Read & Review Books:
For some laughter therapy read this book! I LOVED the funny stories in each chapter followed by a LIFE TIP to help you put into practice the things you just learned...and as an added bonus...there is a BOOK PICK to further your enlightenment on the subject.

Author Connie Sokol

Connie Sokol is a mother of seven, a national and local presenter, and a regular speaker at Education Week. She is a monthly contributor on KSL TV “Studio 5,” and regular blogger for KSL "Motherhood Matters." She is a former TV and radio host for Bonneville Communications, and columnist for Deseret News and Utah Valley Magazine. Mrs. Sokol is the author of several books including the award-nominated romance Caribbean Crossroads, the 8-week Challenge program of Faithful, Fit & Fabulous, Life is Too Short for One Hair Color Series, as well as talk CDs and podcasts. Mrs. Sokol marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats.

Website * Facebook

Tour Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card Ends 5/7/13 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://www.iamareader.com and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

My April Box from #foodiepenpals

The Lean Green Bean
Hey everyone!  I don't know if you've heard of this but I am loving it!  It's a little 'thing' *because I can't honestly think of what it's called* where you get to have a penpal each month to get a box of food goodies.  As to what I understand, they have it in the US, Canada and now the UK.  The above pictured is my box this month.  Product I most loved?  The PopChips!  They are amazing!
You can use the link above to join if you like!  You don't have to be a blogger in order to join in.  The rules are simple and easy.  The most exciting thing to me about it is getting to try products that I may not have otherwise tried!  Like the PopChips!!!  Did I mention I loved them?  LOL.  Just gotta figure out where to get them and I'm golden!  My Mom came in and swiped my Larabar, but that's okay because I'll be reviewing them and therefore trying more, soon!
One thing that was supposed to be included was something hand written.  My box didn't have anything hand written.  Hopefully the next one will.  If you are worried about the commitment, don't.  When you sign up it is for one month only and the amazing people there will contact you with the details.  If you want to participate the next month, all you have to do is sign up again!  

Monday, April 29, 2013

The Whale's Side of the Story! A Children's Book Review


Isn't it funny how we sometimes miss the things that should be obvious?  This story, from the wonderful imagination of Troy Schmidt, brings to light one of those obvious little things.  My whole life I have been told the story of Jonah and never once even thought about what it might be like from the whale's perspective!  What I really love is the lesson the whale reinforces: TRUST in God!
On the back cover of the book is a tool to help you connect with your child on a deeper level regarding the story of Jonah but more importantly, it will help them to build that foundation upon his word!  I especially love that it's a foundation that they will always be able to build on!  :D  God is great that way!  :D
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book.  (BTW, read it by myself to myself LOL).  It is an adorable story and a simple read.  The book is a quick enough read that I think we could get even the little little ones to pay attention for a minute.  While they state that it is for ages 4 to 8, I think even the 2-3 year olds would enjoy it.  Given, of course, the right narration!  :D  *My favorite part of reading stories to little ones, FYI*
Book 'Preview'
Oh sure, we've all heard the story of Jonah and the Whale a hundred 
times. But have we heard it from the perspective of the whale who experienced that history-making event?
Hey God, I've Got Some Guy Named Jonah in My Stomach and I Think I'm Gonna Throw Up
! imagines how that great sea creature from the incident might tell his side of the story, helping kids ages 4 to 8 discover a creative way of learning about that guy who was supposed to go to Ninevah.
The "Parent Connection" feature (inside the book) will help moms and dads take the story further with scripture references and tips on how to talk with their children about what really happened.   Brought to you by B&H Kids, Available May 1, 2013.

This book is just $9.99 and will entertain you and your kids!  Available here.


About the Author: 
Troy Schmidt has writing and video production credits ranging from assignments with Disney (The Mickey Mouse Club) and Nickelodeon to Max Lucado's Hermie franchise. He is currently the lead writer for The American Bible Challenge hosted by Jeff Foxworthy on the Game Show Network. Troy and his wife have three sons.
The series:  
This is just the first in a series!  Other books available include Hey God, Can You Stop the Rain so I Can Get off Noah's Smelly Ark? and Hey God, I'm Having an Awful Vacation in Egypt Thanks to Moses!

Website:  
http://www.bhpublishinggroup.com/books/products.asp?p=9781433679643
Facebook: 
Twitter@troyeschmidt

We are fortunate to be giving away a copy thanks to the awesome people promoting the book!
Ends June 10th

Mother's Day KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway


Hey everyone!  I hope you are ready for this awesome giveaway event!  If you aren't interested, feel free to win it for the Zoo!  :D  I have wanted one for so long and I don't think I'll ever get Chief Zoo Keeper to understand just how bad I need it!  LOL.  It would help if I cooked more I'm sure.  :P
Empowered Mommy proudly brings a giveaway for the mothers world-wide.  Special thanks our co-hostess and contributors Army Wife and MommyJoys Of Life, Sparkling Mom, Global Media Moms and many other friendly blogs. Good news for all the mothers out there - WIN KitchenAid Mixer with us this Mother's Day! 
Good luck!!!
Remember:
You can't WIN if you don't ENTER!!!
Open World-Wide. Enter via rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway will run from April 29, 13 to May 29, 13. Make sure you complete all the entries to maximize your chances of winning. 
  a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclosure: This giveaway is brought to you by of Empowered Mommy and other bloggers who contributed towards the giveaway. This giveaway is in no way related and/or endorsed by Facebook or KitchenAid.  Crafty Zoo with Monkeys was not compensated for the publication of this post. All views are 100% my own and may differ to than that of yours. 

Double Stuffed Swagbucks: This Tuesday!!!


Before April ends Swagbucks is giving you another opportunity to earn big! This Tuesday, April 30th Swagbucks is holding another Double Stuffed Swagbucks. If you missed the first one, here's how it works:          Double Stuffed Swagbucks means you'll get DOUBLE the SB amount in many of the ways to earn: Shop & Earn (in countries where available!), the Daily Poll, NOSO, the Toolbar, Games (aka Play) & on SBTV (aka Watch)!              
 In addition to Double the SB-earning fun, there will be 35 Swag Bucks worth of Swag Codes given throughout the day in each country of the Swag Nation.  If you haven't joined Swagbucks yet, now is the time. It's your chance to earn Swag Bucks twice as fast on Tuesday -- which means more free prizes like gift cards to Amazon, Target, Walmart & Paypal! Use the sign-up code DOUBLESTUFF70 for an extra 70 SB bonus when you sign up here.                    

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Chicken Fiesta Wrap with Fast Fixin' Chicken Nuggets


Recipe Courtesy of Fast Fixin' Chicken Nuggets 
Created by by PhD nutritionist Kathy Mora

Ingredients:

4-5 Fast Fixin’ Chicken Nuggets
1 Spinach Tortilla (other tortilla of choice can be substituted)
Approximate portions:
2 Tbsp Refried Beans (vegetarian or fat free version)
1-2 tsp chopped fresh tomatoes
1 tsp chopped fresh red/purple onion
1-2 Tbsp Shredded lettuce
1- 2 tsp Shredded cheese (Mexican style, Monterey Jack, Cheddar, any preferred
Salsa

Preparation*:
1. Using microwave- place Fast Fixin’ Chicken Nuggets on microwave safe plate or
dish and heat according to package directions.

2. Wrap tortillas in damp paper towels, heat in microwave ~15-20 seconds until
warmed, but not stiff.

3. Place refried beans in microwave safe bowl or shallow dish, cover and heat ~1-2
minutes.

4. Chop tomatoes and onion, set-aside until ready for use.

5. Spread refried beans in center of warmed tortilla, layer with tomatoes, onions,
lettuce, cheese, and chicken nuggets. Folding sides in, wrap ingredients into tortilla
like a burrito.

6. Serve warm with side of salsa.

Chicken Fiesta Wrap + Pineapple or Mango Salsa + Orange slices + Glass of Milk =
Nutritious and Complete Meal

Enjoy!

* Note- alternatively may heat tortillas and chicken nuggets in oven, wrap tortillas
in foil first. Refried beans can be prepared on stove-top. Ingredients can vary per
taste and desired amount. Example, can add chopped peppers, black olives, black
bean refried beans, fruit salsa, hot sauce, etc.

The following 3 recipes can easily be interchanged as wraps or sandwiches. Select
more whole grain breads and vegetable based wraps.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Juppy Baby Walker Review


Have you ever walked down the Barbie aisle and felt a slight twinge of all the cool things Barbie has now that we could only imagine when we were kids?  For example, Barbie now has an elevator whereas when I had my Barbie house, I had to make her 'jump' to the next floor?  You get the idea, we both know you do!  Though, yours may not be Barbies.  There is some toy that you once played with that is WAY advanced from then to what it is now.  On one hand there is that jealousy, then on the other there is the fact that we had much larger imaginative practice!  Anyway, that is so not the focus of this post.  LOL
My Thoughts
As you can guess in the picture above, Juppy Baby Walkers are one of those products!  So many hours during the toddler years are spent in that position!  Leaving Moms, Dads, and any other grownup with an aching back!  That's why I love the Juppy Baby Walker!  No more bending over for however long to help the little Monkeys develop their balance and build their muscles!  This product is a win for everyone!  I send mad props (I don't know if I just sounded really cool or aged myself, but oh well.  LOL) to whoever came up with this one!  Check them out here!

Product Description Provided by the Company
The Juppy "Momentum" is a solution to a previously recognized but unsolved challenge for parents of babies beginning to walk. Babies strong enough to begin walking but not strong enough to walk alone. The Juppy builds confidence in your baby and teaches balance while you maintain your natural posture, eliminating the grueling task of hunching over while teaching your baby to walk. The Juppy has easily adjustable straps that accommodate your height whether you are 4'11" or 6'11". The Juppy comes standard with soft hand grips that are strategically placed to provide optimum benefit for your hands; a color matched state of the art zipper is located at the rear of The Juppy for the purpose of safety, easy access and exit. You will find two Velcro straps that overlap the back zipper which again shows our commitment to providing you the safest and most practical baby walker on the market. Unlike traditional baby walkers The Juppy is a parent assisted baby walker which eliminates all of the dangers of walkers with wheels. The unique design eliminates the problems associated with similar products for example other parent assisted walkers do not have the crotch piece which is essential in keeping your baby from involuntarily lifting its arms. No more falling down stairs or reaching for dangerous objects because The Juppy requires your assistance at all times- One size fits all (baby weight not to exceed 35lbs). Made from 100% cotton that is machine washable.
I'm guessing you are in love with these too!  I love them for sure!  :D  You can find them at the links below:
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.

The Little Things


A week or so ago my friend, whom I don't often get to see, informed me that her little girl was having issues with some family problems and seemed to be very sad.  While she was getting her little one help, I wanted to do something.  This little girl lights up my life and I don't even get to see her!  Thanks to social media, I follow my friend's little ones as close as I can given the distance between us.  I love them so much that their pain is my pain.
While trying to figure out what I could do, in addition to prayer of course, I remembered what helped me when I was a kid.  My Aunt sends me cards on birthdays and special occasions, she's done it since I was a kid.  I have taken up the torch and began sending the little ones in my life cards.
Unfortunately, I don't really have kid 'thinking of you' cards laying around.  So, I took a note card I had and wrote a little note to say that I loved that beautiful little girl and sent it.  A few days ago, her Momma sent me a text to tell me that I made a little girl very happy.  It literally took a few minutes and less than a buck but knowing that I helped bring a smile to her face made me very happy, too.
Are there any little things you do to help lift someone's spirits?  I'd love to hear them!  Especially those that can be mailed!  LOL.  We have a lot of nieces and a nephew that don't live close enough to see very often!
*The logo above goes to their site, amazingly enough it will make you smile!  Check them out!*

Mega Swagbucks Friday


I'll start out by saying if you are still on the fence about joining and earning with Swagbucks, slide on off of there and sign up here

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Free Blogger Opp: Summer Giveaway




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