The Mighty Macs DVD Review & Giveaway- Ends 3/7

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Last fall, I had the opportunity to view an online screening of The Mighty Macs.  Recently, this inspiring family movie was released on DVD and I was given the chance to review it again and to host a giveaway! You can read my original review here. Please scroll to the end of the post to see how you can win your own DVD copy.


Synopsis:


It's 1971. Cathy Rush is a woman ahead of her time ... and she's about to embark on an adventure for the ages. A new era is dawning in the country and in collegiate athletics, where a national champion will be crowned for the first time in women's basketball.

In the lead up to this historical season, major universities are preparing their game plans to win that first title. Meanwhile a tiny all-women's Catholic college in Philadelphia has a more modest goal: find a coach before the season begins. Providentially, Cathy Rush is about to find Immaculata College.
Recently married, Cathy is dealing with the aftermath of a truncated playing career. While cultural norms would have her staying at home, she's willing to do the hard work necessary to help her new team reach their goals—or perhaps she's just trying to achieve her unfulfilled dreams through them.
From the beginning, her challenges are as imposing as the big-school teams Immaculata will face on the court. Cathy learns there is no gymnasium on campus, she receives little support from the school's Mother Superior, and the school is in dire financial straits. To top it off, she may not even have enough players to field a team!
While it appears the Macs don't have a prayer, all hope is not lost. With the help of Sister Sunday—a spunky assistant coach—and the support of a booster club of elderly nuns, Coach Rush creates a new game plan that just might bring the team—and the school—together.
Will this pioneer buck cultural norms and spur her rag-tag team to unexpected heights? Or will her hard-driving ways create a wedge between the coach and everyone around her? One thing's for certain: there's never been anyone like Cathy Rush at Immaculata!

Carla Gugino, who played Ingrid Cortez in Spy Kids, did an excellent job playing Cathy Rush. I do wish that we would have seen more about the lives of the girls on the team, but I  understand that this was a movie and time probably didn't allow them to go into much depth. You can visit the website to learn more about the real Mighty Macs or fan the movie page on FACEBOOK and follow them on TWITTER

THE PRIZE:

1 DVD of The Mighty Macs

To ENTER:

Please just leave your name and an email address, where I can contact you if you are chosen as winner,  in a blog post comment on this post. Winner will randomly be chosen by random.org and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen. U.S. residents 18 and older only. Giveaway ends midnight EST 3/7/12. Prize will be shipped by sponsor. Thanks for entering & good luck!


Cooper and Me and the Military Book Review & Giveaway - Ends 2/22

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If you follow my blog, you probably already know how much I adore the Cooper and Me series. Created & written by mother and daughter team Monique and Alexa Peters, the series is inspired by their real-life family dog Cooper. Each book provides adults and children with the opportunity for conversation and problem solving with the Life Lesson, Connections, and Learning Together topics.


Cooper and Me and the Military is dedicated to all the wonderful families who serve our country, especially Tami, Gracie, and Mark Hilton, who inspired them to write this special addition to their series.  This book, with the help of Cooper's best friend Trooper, helps children know that even when their loved ones are not with them, they still love them and are still thinking of them. 


My son, who is 4, enjoyed this book just as much (if not more) than the previous 2 books we have read. He likes the story, told in rhymes and loves looking at the pictures over and over again. Alexa Peters & Melissa Peterson have done a great job with the illustrations! This book is a wonderful tribute to the men and woman who serve and a gentle reminder of the importance of staying connected with our loved ones. 


To learn more about Cooper and Me, you can visit them at www.cooperandme.com, sign up for the Cooper and Me newsletter  or visit them on FACEBOOK and TWITTER!


You can win your own copy of this sweet little book by entering using the Rafflecopter form below. I'm sure your little one will love it as much as mine! Giveaway ends 2/22 and is open to U.S. residents 18 and over only. 


*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

Math Rider Review





For the past few weeks, we have been reviewing Math Rider,  a fun math game for kids. I'll be honest, this is a review that is a bit difficult to write in a way. I, myself, LOVED the game but it just wasn't a good fit for our family and I will tell you why. While the recommended age for this game is 6 to 12, it was far too easy for my children who fell into that age range. They quickly became bored because it just wasn't challenging enough. I feel like that inhibited me a bit in thoroughly reviewing the product. Now, I have a 4 year old who is constantly asking me if he can play the game but he has a difficult time playing it by himself because he can't find the numbers fast enough on my laptop and hit the "enter" key in time. He also has a bit of trouble figuring the answer out fast enough in his head. I know that the game isn't intended for use by such a young age, but on the easy level, he has no trouble providing the correct answer (in his own time). I plan on letting him continue to play the game, as he thoroughly enjoys it and grows more and more confident in his skills each time he plays!

For those of you with children in grades 2 to 6, I highly recommend Math Rider. The game was created to help the developer's own children get in the practice that they needed to be confident about their skills without the boring repetition. Psychologists and educators helped to make Math Rider a fun, friendly, and rewarding environment. 



One of the best features of Math Rider, in my opinion, is that the game can be played by more than one person on a computer. Different accounts can be set up for up to 8 students  so that they each have their own rider and play their own adventure. It is also adaptive in that the game adjusts to each player's individual strengths and weaknesses. While you cannot play against another rider in this game, you do have the option to compare the performance of all players locally registered via the High Scores screen.


The game is a 54 MB download but if you have dial-up internet, you can still download the file. It will probably take a while, but if you use a program such as Free Download Manager to protect against connection dropouts and follow the instructions for a manual download and installation, you should have no trouble. After that, the only time MathRider requires an internet connection is to validate a new registration key, to check for updates, or to display the web-based online help. 


For Windows and MAC OSX


Each quest takes you on a noble adventure into a land of fantasy with your horse, Shadow. I was impressed with the quality of the sound effects and graphics and appreciated the fact that the controls were designed in such a way that they would not interfere with practicing math and playing the game. Simply type in the answer and enter. How fast your horse rides depends on how fast or slow each correct answer is entered. I can tell that this is a well-thought-out program and I appreciate all the hard work that went into it's development. 


Here is a screen shot of multiplication practice in the enchanted forest:




And another screen shot- rescuing the princess:






Right now, you can PURCHASE Math Rider for the current sale price of $37.00 but the price is scheduled to increase to back to $47.00 on February 15th.  If for any reason you or your child are dissatisfied with Math Rider, all you need to do is to contact them within 30 days of purchase for a guaranteed 100% refund. I think the program is well worth the money if you have a student or child needing practice with addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. I wish I had games like this when I was in school! Math was never my favorite subject, but with games like this it might have been. :)


Read what other TOS Crew members thought of MathRider!


*Disclosure: I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.



#FREE Sample of 'Simple' Moisturizing Face Wash From CVS





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Word of the Day

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Today's word: 


causerie: n 1: an informal conversation: chat
2: a short informal essay

A Mile In His Shoes DVD Giveaway Winner


Congratulations to Cathy Candelas! She was the randomly chosen winner of the DVD A Mile In His Shoes and has responded to claim her prize.



Thank you to all who entered! 

Join Me For Fridge Art Fridays


In our house, our fridge is usually decorated with at least one or two pieces of my children's artwork at any given time. Sometimes, the door is covered with their works of art. It's a place of honor, and a way to show them that I'm proud of what they've created.


Join me each Friday by linking up photos of your child's artwork, whatever it may be. The only thing I ask is that all artwork be family friendly and suitable for all ages. 


I know it's not quite Friday yet, but here are my photos:





And, I know...you can't exactly hang Play-Doh art on the fridge, but I would if I could. My 4 year old son and 12 year old daughter made this bird together today and I thought they did a great job! Love the bright vibrant colors!


Just sign the Linky below to add the link to your blog post or photo to share with others!

Check Out This Awesome Stop Motion Animation Movie!

Meet Ben! He is a 9 year old 4th grader who is the son of some dear friends of mine (who also homeschool).

Ben is very artistic! He also draws, but over the past year or so he has been very interested in clay animation art. Here is some of his earlier work:




As you can see, he is very talented! 

Here is his latest creation. His mom said that he created Bob the dog all by himself as well as the cardboard living room background. He then used his digital camera and took numerous snapshots in stop motion. After that, he downloaded the images to a stop motion movie maker and here is the resulting movie:

Word of the Day

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I recently started using my  365 New Words a Year calendar and thought it would be a fun thing to share with my readers. We'll see how it goes. If it's a bust, I'll just stop posting them! :)


Today's word (Thursday, February 2): 


vade mecum: noun *1: a book for ready reference such as a handbook or manual 2: something regularly carried about by a person


**Latin for "go with me".



KinderBach Review

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As a TOS Crew member, I was given a trial subscription to this  exciting music program and I immediately fell in love with it! 


Geared towards children ages 3-7, KinderBach is so much more than your traditional piano lesson. While I had a WONDERFUL piano teacher in Mrs. Mary Bartlett, my lessons were never THIS fun! 


The Piano Pals characters Dodi the Donkey, Frisco (a little boy with a vibrant imagination), Carla the Caterpillar  and others help make each lesson entertaining and enjoyable. My 4 year old doesn't even realize he is learning because he is having so much fun with each lesson! 


Learn more about KinderBach by watching this video: