Lots of Fun: Cake Pops

Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats

What Fun!  First it was cupcakes now it’s Cake Pops. This book has some adorable ideas and themes in it. There are plenty of ideas for birthday parties or seasonal events.  The instructions are detailed and thorough. These would be a lot of fun to make with kids.  This would make a great gift for an older kid or teen who likes to bake. Here is a great video that shows you the basics of how to make them:

A Must for New Moms and Dads: Dunstan Baby Language DVD

Dunstan Baby Language -- Learn the universal language of newborn babies

I did not have the opportunity to see The Dunstan Baby Language DVD until shortly before my youngest was born.  I really wish it had been available for the previous 5 kids!  It especially would have helped for the fussier ones.  It really is genius!  The DVD describes to you how to tell what the sounds of your baby’s cry mean.  Are they hungry, sleepy, need to be burped, have gas, or uncomfortable?  The examples and real cries on the DVD are helpful in learning what to listen for.  I really do believe that this eliminated a lot of frustration and crying with my youngest as an infant.  I would highly recommend this to new moms and dads as well as seasoned ones.  The faster you figure out what your baby is “saying” the happier you and he/she will be.

For Moms: Amazing Smelling Natural Soaps, Perfumes, Lotions, Candles and More from Pacifica

Oh my! Have you ever tried any of Pacifica’s products?  I was in love from the first moment I picked up the Tuscan Blood Orange soap box in a Whole Foods store and smelled it.  It is amazing!  I couldn’t stop there. I had to smell them all.  They make so many wonderful scents but Tuscan Blood Orange and Tahitian Gardenia are my favorites. I love that the soap smells wonderful as you use it and the scent actually lingers afterwords.  Their body butters are also fantastic. They are thick and moisturizing and are great for layering the scent.

I haven’t been a perfume wearer in a while because it has been hard to find a natural one that actually smells great but Pacifica’s are all natural.  I really like carrying their solid perfumes in my purse and use the spray perfume at home.  They just came out with new roll-on perfumes that sounds great for at home or on the go.  Their products are made from natural ingredients and are free from Parabens, Sulfates, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, GMOs, Triclosan and Petro-chemicals.

Any of Pacifica’s items make great gifts. They are sold at Whole Foods stores or you can order online at Pacifica’s website.  They have free shipping on orders over $50 and you can sign up for their newsletter for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate.

Well Designed & Thorough Homeschool Planner for Mom and Students

If you are a homeschooling mom you know that keeping track of everything can be a major task.  This year I discovered a Homeschool Teacher Planner that I love. It is the Well-Planned Day by Rebecca Scarlata Keliher.  It keeps track of just about everything.  It includes sections for grades, goals, month at a glance, books read, field trips, meal planning, budgeting, student information, daily lesson plans, report cards, etc… The Planner is a full year planner from July 2010 – June 2011 and works for up to 4 kids.  The design of the planner is what originally drew me to it.  It is visually appealing both in color and design.
The Student Planners are also very thorough and I highly recommend them.  These planners are not necessarily only for homeschoolers and would work well for kids going to a school as well. They help to keep track of all school assignments and have weekly checklists for chores and duties. They come in both a Middle School (grades 4-8) and High School versions.  A great feature in the High School version is that is for the complete 4 years.  These are also very well designed and look “cool” enough to be seen toted around by a middle or high schooler.