Check your car seats before your next road trip

Planning a road trip for the holidays? If you are anything like me there’s an array of things you need to do to get ready. Checking weather to make sure you pack all the right clothes, PACK! Let’s face it, most moms end up packing for everyone in the family! But even when you have checked everything there’s some incredibly important things you might not think of right away but that definitely need to be on your list of things to do before you head out.

How many times have you checked your kiddos car seats after they were first installed? You know when you were clueless and wobbled while 8 or 9 months pregnant to the fire station to get a fireman to install and check your car seat before you brought your baby home? Perhaps that’s just me! Well, it’s important you get your car seats checked especially if you plan on being in the car for a long time. It’s impossible to predict all conditions and highways can be pretty dangerous.

Enter Cars.com. They offer an array of installation tips for almost every single car!  Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. All you have to do is search for your car HERE, and you’ll get lots of tips and instructions on how many and what kind of car seats you can fit into your specific vehicle. How neat is that?!

Is this something you think you would use? Did I mention is 100% free? So waht are you waiting for?

*** This was a sponsored post. I received the products of services for free and/or compensation. All opinions are my own. 

 


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Getting your trash cans sparkling clean with Mean Green!

As you guys know, I am a Mean Green Ambassador, which means I get to share with ya’ll updates, new product releases, and information about these awesome products. And this time I get to share with you guys all the ways you can use Mean Green products outside of your home.

SUPER STRENGTH 

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  • PROVEN TO CLEAN BETTER THAN OTHER BRANDS
  • MULTI-SURFACE CLEANER FOR INSIDE & OUT
  • CONCENTRATED FORMULA

Mean Green Super Strength Cleaner & Degreaser is a powerful, multi-purpose cleaner and degreaser that can get grease out and eliminate grime from most surfaces. From fabric to concrete, Mean Green has been a trusted brand for more than 20 years. It is used to clean just about everything, inside and outside the home, business, garage, restaurant, work or hobby shop.

I cleaned our trash cans and I am fascinated with the results! I don’t know about you guys but our trash cans get super grimy and gross fast! Especially after it rains!

A job that usually takes a gazillion disinfectant wipes or lots of scrubbing, took only a couple spritz of Super Strength and a quick wipe. I didn’t have to scrub or kill myself getting any of the yunk off.

Here’s how they looked before:

Here are our results:

Doesn’t it look great! I’m loving how bright and clean it looks!

Check out this House graphic to see how versatile the Mean Green products are: MeanGreenHouse-withcopy (1)

To learn more about Mean Green and to find a retailer near you make sure to check out their website


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Need Urgent care but don’t want to pay ER prizes?

We’ve all been there, an emergency that’s not a true emergency, a constant cough that all of a sudden doesn’t let  you sleep, on a Friday night. Life happens, things happen and if your life is anything like mine they always seem to happen on the weekends or after hours. And after a few close calls I know I’m not the only one that doesn’t want to pay $500 only to pick up some new germs from an emergency room. Not only that, I have taking up space and precious time from people who actually have emergencies.

Let me introduce you to Amwell! Amwell is the nation’s largest telehealth company. What exactly does that mean? It means you can have access to an array of health care professionals from your own home. All their professionals are board-certified, licensed doctors, and they are ready to help you no matter the time, date or place. You can access Amwell from a desktop, tablet or on your phone. They are here to help, from minor illnesses and injuries, general health and wellness concerns, prescription refills, to chronic condition management. As a person with a chronic illness, I can’t tell you how important this is too me. Sometimes it takes days to hear back from my doctor for a simple question or a prescription refill. Amwell doctors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are dedicated to keeping you healthy, all from the comfort of your home.

So imagine my excitement! 100% remote sesrvice, 24 hours a day. No need to go to doctor offices, which have limited hours, are usually full of other germs and virisus and you have to pay usually around $100 depending on insurance. With Amwell you don’t have to leave your home and the very kowledgable doctors can even prescribe you medications and send them to you nearest pharmacy. I can tell  you how many times I’ve called the nurses line, only to be told I still had to go in, wait until I could be seen and then wait for them to fax my prescription. If it is an urgent matter you just can’t wait that long, but who wants to pay and ER visit?!?!?

Make sure you follow Amwell on FacebookTwitterInstagram  and Pinterest.
Visit their Website to learn more! And download the App to make sure you always have a doctor at your fingertips!

Isn’t this a great idea? Could you use a service like this? Let me know below how you could benefit from Amwell.

Some insurance companies cover telehealth visits, and some offer their own telehealth service. If your insurance company doesn’t currently cover telehealth, you can still use the service. The cost of a visit is $49 for a 10-minute consultation. Use code: MOMHELP18 to get 50% OFF your first Visit!  EXPIRES 12/31/17.

Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by Amwell via Momtrends.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Amwell or Momtrends.

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Front Door Decor for Fall under $100 with At Home

The cooler air, leaves falling from orange trees, no more three digit weather! Can you tell I adore Fall! It’s not only the best weather of the year but the gateway to all my favorite holidays. So obviously I embrace it to the fullest and there’s no better way to celebrate fall than to decorate!

Right now you can escape the last few weeks of this excruciating heat and get a sneak peek at the Fall season décor available in At Home stores across the US. At Home is the one-stop-shop to decorate your whole house – from an entire room makeover to smaller refreshes for every season, on any budget. I’ve professed my love for At Home to you guys on my Halloween post HERE and my dorm decor post HERE, and fall is certainly no exception, the stores are already full of gorgeous Autumn colors, pumpkin scents and a certain vibe that tells you winter is coming! (pun intended).

Check out how gorgeous my front door looks with these amazing finds from At Home. For under $100 I was able to spruce up my homes entrance and made it look inviting and welcoming. Just by adding this pieces to my front door and lighting a pumpkin spice candle, I swear it feels like 10 degrees less in here!

Here’s are the details and prices so you can recreate the front door decor:

This adorable and super durable pumpkin will stay with our family for many many holiday seasons to me. And at $14.99 is serious bargain!

This Welcome sign is so pretty and the picture doesn’t do it justice. Standing at 48 in, it’s the best way to welcome friends and family to your home this fall. $24.99.

Crown your door with this adorable wreath with all the fall favorites; acorns, berries and twigs. $19.99

And to tie it all together and fuel my addition for quatrefoil shapes. This door mat is super sturdy and I’m sure will resist all the rain and mud stains this season and beyond. $12.99

Go here to find an At home store near you! Check out their website and download the app, they offer insanely amazing deals every week and you’ll want to be the first one to know!

This post is part of a promotional program with MomSelect, I was compensated and/or given products for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

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OshKosh B’gosh Style Up 4 School & Giveaway!

“This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.”

Hello August! Oh my! August! The year is halfway gone and the kiddos are about to go back to school. Is it just me, or the older you get the faster the years go by? Since my kiddos started going to school I feel like every year is shorter! And if I’m quite honest, the picking school clothes can be overwhelming for me, specially my little divas clothes. She is 7 going on 17, has an opinion about everything and is always 3 words from a meltdown.  As I’m pretty sure you can tell I need some help so I don’t loose my mind picking outfits that are comfortable, functional, school appropriate and DIVA approved!

Enter OshKosh, they have been around for ages and still offer an array of amazing quality clothing at great prices. But by far my favorite thing about OshKoshis that they set up their clothing in several outfits, so you don’t have to guess which top looks better with the shorts you fell in love with. They offer all the combinations and it’s super easy to pick out gorgeous outfits for the kids.

My daughter was so excited and kept finding outfits she loved, this doesn’t happen often. She found comfy leggings and stylist tunics that we’ll be able to mix and match so she has tons of new outfits for school. We found the most adorable leggins with unicorns and such vivid prints, the combinations are truly endless.

We also loved the color schemes for the start of school/fall the rich blues mixed with bright pinks and metallics. I’m sure my little diva will shine a little brighter this year because of these outfits, I didn’t have to brake the bank to get lots of outfit combinations and the best part is that most pieces can be mixed and match so I can let her choose her outfits without having to fight because she looks like a rainbow threw up on her. Oh glorious fuzzing free mornings! Can’t wait!

As if I wasn’t alrteady head over heels for OshKosh, I found out about their B’gosh Jeanius Campaign, which is an annual effort to support their customer’s local communities with donated clothing and school supply needs. Since then, they’ve partnered with DonorsChoose.org, Delivering Good, OshKoshMoms, families and friends to collect over $1.1 million and distribute more than 66,000 articles of clothing to impact the lives of over 260,000 students.

You can join their effort by donating a new pair of jeans in-store or making a cash contribution in-store or online HERE from July 25 through September 18. And, share your “shop to give style” on social media using #BgoshJeanius. Let’s share these gorgeous outfits while helping children in need!

Still can’t get enough OshkoshGo to your local OshKosh store to unlock a Snapchat Filter from 8/4-8/6! Then share all the fun! Go HERE to find an OshKosh store near you! And to make it even better you can use Coupon Code: OKBG3352 to get 20% off your purchase of $40 or more.

Now for the fun part! Enter the giveaway below for a change to win an OshKosh $50 gift card! Make sure you share with your friends and family!
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No more running to urgent care for not so urgent visits!


When my now 11 year old was 15 months, he fell backwards in the living room and hit his head on the base board. I picked him up thinking it was just another fall, I put my hand behind the back of his head and it was wet, a little too wet. When I pulled my hand back it was completely red, full of blood. Obviously I panicked, first time mom, my tiny son barely a toddler. So I did the most logical thing to me at the moment… call 911. They were really fast, a nice perk of living in the city. When the police car, ambulance and EMT arrived I was beyond overwhelmed, seeing all the lights and emergency vehicles only reassured my suspicion my baby was in serious peril. After they examine his and dressed the wound, well not wound it turned out to be a tiny cut. But apparently the head bleeds, A LOT! The paramedic obviously trying really hard to not hate me or judge me for being ridiculous told me head injuries bleed a lot and if the same thing was to ever happen again to make sure to clean the wound to be able to assess size and depth.

Now why am I telling you this story? Accidents are scary and as a parent we are supposed to be strong and stay cool and collected. But that's easier said than done. If you're baby has a high fever, they were stung by a bee, they have a tummy ache or any other illness that simple can not wait for the morning when their doctors office open but it's not a true emergency. What do you do? Usually you call the on call nurse, who can't really help you much or just makes an appointment for the next day (as long as it's not a holiday or weekend) Not really anything to help you stay at ease. Or you can take them to the ER and pay a gazillion dollars, be in a room with God knows how many germs and viruses and doing all that with a very upset kid that's not feeling their best. Sounds awful doesn't it? Well, what if I told you there's a way to see a doctor from the comfort of your own home, no matter the time, day or reason.

Amwell is the nation’s largest telehealth company. What exactly does that mean? It means you can have access to an array of health care professionals from your own home. All their professionals are board-certified, licensed doctors, and they are ready to help you no matter the time, date or place. You can access Amwell from a desktop, tablet or on your phone. They are here to help, from minor illnesses and injuries, general health and wellness concerns, prescription refills, to chronic condition management. As a person with a chronic illness, I can’t tell you how important this is too me. Sometimes it takes days to hear back from my doctor for a simple question or a prescription refill. Amwell doctors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are dedicated to keeping you healthy, all from the comfort of your home.

I can't tell you how many times I wished I had a service like this. All the unnecessary ER trips, the expensive bills. How about the prescription you need while you're out of town and either ran out or left it at home? But the office is closed or it takes days for someone to get back to you. How about the all broken toes and fingers I've had in the last couple years? I know! I'm getting clumsier as I age. Do you know what they do to broken fingers and toes? Absolutely nothing! A splint and some ibuprofen, that's it! But I still had to pay the visits, exam and x-rays. Just to get a Popsicle stick and some bandages. With Amwellyou can do all of that from home.

Have you had a none urgent emergency? Have you ever regretted going to the ER?
Right now you can use code  MOMHELP18 to get 50% OFF 1 VISIT. VISIT COST IS $59 SO FINAL PRICE IS $29.50 EXPIRES ‪12/31/17‬.

Please note that you have to put your credit card information in to hold the appointment, then once you log back in for your appointment time you will be prompted to enter the promo code.
Make sure you follow Amwell on FacebookTwitterInstagram  and Pinterest.
Visit their Website to learn more! And download the App to make sure you always have a doctor at your fingertips!

 

Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by Amwell via Momtrends.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Amwell or Momtrends. 

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New Product Launches from Mean Green

As you guys know, I am a Mean Green Ambassador, which means I get to share with ya’ll updates, new product releases, and information about these awesome products. And this time I get to share the news about all the new products Mean Green released this year.

First stop is the Mean Green Super Strength Heavy Duty wipes, which are specially formulated to out-clean other brands on tough grease and grime. Easily removes grease, grime, oil, adhesives, and other tough messes from various surfaces. It’s ideal for the kitchen, bathroom, workshop, garage, DIY projects, construction sites, commercial cleaning, in the home, or on the move!

Second is the Mean Green Car Wash,  this one is specifically formulated to deliver rich foam that effortlessly removes dirt and grime without leaving behind streaks or spots. Cleans cars quickly and with confidence. Use Mean Green Car Wash for at home
convenience, right from your garden hose. NO BUCKET NEEDED!

And last my favorite! The Mean Green Auto & Garage is a concentrated, multi-purpose cleaner and degreaser. Proven to beat other brands on tough grease and grime. Specially formulated to remove and dissolve petroleum based grease, grime, and oil from engines, tools, and concrete, to outdoor furniture, grills, painted surfaces, and more. Mean Green is the #1 Heavy Duty cleaner!

I decided to clean our cars engine and all the dusty and grimy parts that always get neglected. You go to the car wash and they never open the hood to spot clean the engine and other parts. But when you get oil changes or top off any fluids on your car they might spill a bit and those wet spots attract dirty and dust. And although it sounds silly to clean under your hood, it’s important to keep your car running smoothly. NEVER spray high pressure water under your hood and never use steam to clean, I don’t know who came up with that idea! Either way the water can get trapped in the countless number of electronic wiring harnesses and you’ll have problems…maybe not immediately but down the road. The mist will find its way into the connections. If using steam, it will be worse, will find its way into the electronics and then condensate. Shorts, corroded connectors, all kinds of problems. Best way is to cover any electronics with plastic bags, tied shut and use some engine degreaser like The Mean Green Auto & Garage.

Here’s the before:

And here’s the after:

As you can see I was amazed with the result! Doesn’t it look beautiful and shiny and pretty? Mind you, we had never cleaned under the hood of this car so it has about 5 years worth of yuckiness.

Check out this House graphic to see how versatile the Mean Green products are: MeanGreenHouse-withcopy (1)

To learn more about Mean Green and to find a retailer near you make sure to check out their website

 

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Breastfeeding support from Amwell

Being a nursing mother is one of the most fulfilling parts of becoming a mother. Yes, it can be a little overwhelming but with the right resources it should be smooth sailing. The problem is when you are postpartum the last thing you want is to take your precious little baby out, specially to doctors offices where let’s face it… there’s all kind of germs! If you’re a nursing mother or you’re pregnant you need to know about this awesome service, that allows you to get the help you need in the comfort of your own home. I give you Amwell

Amwell is the nation’s largest telehealth company. What exactly does that mean? It means you can have access to an array of health care professionals from your own home. All their professionals are board-certified, licensed doctors, and they are ready to help you no matter the time, date or place. You can access Amwell from a desktop, tablet or on your phone. They are here to help, from minor illnesses and injuries, general health and wellness concerns, prescription refills, to chronic condition management. As a person with a chronic illness, I can’t tell you how important this is too me. Sometimes it takes days to hear back from my doctor for a simple question or a prescription refill. Amwell doctors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are dedicated to keeping you healthy, all from the comfort of your home.

Lactation video consults allow new mothers to ask questions, address concerns, or get advice concerning breastfeeding and everything they might encounter while feeding their newborn. You can see a lactation consultant for common questions and issues associated with breastfeeding. The lactation services are provided by a network of International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs). They can provide help on a number of issues such as latching, breast pain due to feeding issues, questions about milk supply, pumping or going back to work or school as well as many more.

Why should a new mom use Amwell’s lactation services?
– Lactation consultants are not available at every hospital where moms deliver and some moms don’t deliver at hospitals anymore.
– New mothers have so many questions when it comes to breastfeeding their new babies, however, not every mother is able to see a board-certified lactation consultant to help answer those questions before leaving the hospital.
– Video allows the consultants to assist with latching, breast pain due to feeding issues, questions about milk supply or going back work
– Allows new mothers at any stage to get answers to their questions and issues usually within 24 hours of request. Which is a crucial period, since most mastitis and clogged ducts develop within days if untreated.

Amwell’s lactation consultants are incredibly knowledgeable and by video chatting with them you can show them your issues, they can see how your baby is latching, help you with positioning and give you tips all from the comfort of your own home. When I was nursing my son I got mastitis and I didn’t really know what it was until I waited too long and had to be put on antibiotics. Clogged ducts are no joke and to know you can reach someone so fast and without living home is such a wonderful resource. I certainly wish we had this when I was a nursing mom.

The lactation consultants can give you tips and advise to make sure you stay healthy and comfortable. Breastfeeding is such a wonderful part of motherhood, but it can be tricky at the beginning. Let Amwell help you, without leaving home or paying for an expensive appointment. Most insurance cover lactation consultants and Amwell is no exception, they will check for you and make sure you’re covered! And right now you can use code NEWMOM5 and get 50% off their first service!

Make sure you follow Amwell on FacebookTwitterInstagram  and Pinterest.
Visit their Website to learn more! And download the App to make sure you always have a doctor at your fingertips!

Isn’t this a great idea? Could you use a service like this? Let me know below how you could benefit from Amwell.

Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by Amwell via Momtrends.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Amwell or Momtrends. 

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How to make the best Mickey Mouse Goodie Bags

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I was recently selected to host a Disney Preschool Playdate, so I got to planning right away and my favorite part of any party are the goodie bags! Since our theme was Mickey Mouse and Friends I had a lot of fun planning and finding the best goodies I could find for all the kiddos.

Candy from The Candy Jar

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First is the candy; our local and super amazing candy shop The Candy Jar, sponsored the most adorable baggies in coordinating colors to match our theme. They not only made the bags for us but took their time to help me with the colors and kinds of candy that work best for the ages of the children and the theme. I wasn’t sure what I wanted but they were super kind and helpful and made us some seriously gorgeous baggies. So next time you need candy for your event make sure to contact The Candy Jar. They also offer birthday parties and corporate events.

They are located in the Hill Country Galleria: 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Suite T-110 across from the brand new pavilion.

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Mickey Chips from Good Health Snacks

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After the candy was taken care of I wanted a yummy but healthy snack and of course Disney themed to add to the bags. After a bit of research I found the most adorable chips! Good Health’s DISNEY MICKEY Shaped Veggie Chips are packed with awesomeness like nutrients (vitamins!) from tomatoes, spinach, beets, broccoli and carrots to deliver a truly delicious snack without the kiddos knowing they are getting their veggies! I’m all for sneaky ways to trick my kids into eating healthy.

You can find Good Health’s DISNEY MICKEY Shaped Veggie Chips on Amazon, Target and several other retailers. They also offer an array of amazing and healthy snacks for the whole family!

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Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookies from CANDYCRAFTS

 

During my research I found the most adorable chocolate covered oreo cookies from Etsy shop CANDYCRAFTSthey sell an array of chocolate covered oreos and candies. Perfect as favors for your next party! They ship natiowide, and I most say I was a bit worried about the heat but they add ice packs and everything came in perfect condition and they are soooooooooo good!

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Personalized Mickey cups from KresgeKreations

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I also wanted some toys and keepsakes, but I wanted to make sure it would be something the kids could use after, nothing disposable and that ends up in the trash. After a bit of research I found the most gorgeous personalized cups from Etsy shop KresgeKreationsThey offer tons of adorable personalized high quality plastic cups with lids and straws and the Disney font just added that extra touch and made it so perfect! Lindsay can work with any design and font to make sure your next party is a hit! How adorable are these? And the best part is how the kids will be able to use them for a long time after and remember the great time they had at our party! Aaaaaaand no more wasted cups at the party since everyone can keep track of their own cup. You can find Kresge Kreations on Etsy and Instagram.

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Social Media Snapshots from HP
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Then Disney Parks though our mamas deserved something special too so they sent some of HP Social Media Snapshots. These allow you to print your favorite photos from your social media apps! No more editing or waiting.

  • Print your photos from your smartphone.
  • Decorate your space with photos!
  • Print, peel, and stick! Removes easily

Goodie Bags from Party at your Door

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Last but not least we needed something to put all those amazing goodies in. And as an Austinite I had to go with the most beautiful and talented mama duo Party at your Door! From custom party decor, confetti, banners, costumes, party favors and more, they have it covered. I gave them my idea and they did not disappoint! The goodie bags are so incredibly well made, everything cut and glued with precision. I loved the combination of colors and how they made Minnie with poke-a-dot paper to make it extra cute! They also made the tags for the candy baggies and lots of decorations and a pin the bow on the Minnie game you can read more about HERE.

You can find Party at your Door on their Etsy shop, Instagram and Facebook.

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Hope you guys enjoyed all the ideas, make sure to check out all the shops and get your party on!

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100 Free Skill Building Practice Questions for Pre-K to 8th Graders

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This post has been sponsored byTestingMom.com, CreativeMeli.com was compansated and/or received services or products for free. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own and were not influenced in any way. 

Schooling is hard, being a mother of three my children’s education is of the outpost importance. We even moved to our new home based solely on the school district. And having kids ranging from 5th grade through almost Kinder makes homework time gets interesting everyday, while one kids needs help with multiplication and division the other is trying to figure out how to spell, and I’m sure it’s only going to get harder.


Tutoring can get soooooo pricey and again! three kids is no joke! But what if you’re kids are struggling or you just want them to succeed but life just doesn’t allow you to sit and explain everything or you just don’t get it, hey! no shame if you don’t remember what an isosceles is. Lord knows I haven’t solved for x and almost a decade, and unless you’re a mathematician, teacher or astronaut odds are you haven’t either.

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Enter TestingMom.comTestingMom.com is an online educational program that’s designed by parents to help other parents and their kids aged Pre-K through 8th grade develop a lifelong love of learning. Their site features fun skill-building games, challenging learning activities and test prep materials for all 50 states (including state standards and Common Core). Parents can customize each child’s program by choosing practice questions for state standard, Common Core and IQ tests, assessments required for entry into gifted and talented programs as well as testing required for private school admissions.

For all my Texas mamas out there, that’s that spooky STAAR test, eeek! There’s an array of education programs to help you child in reading, math, vocabulary or anything he/she is struggling with or simply needs a bit of a notch you just can’t give him/her. My 5th grader is amazing at taking tests, but my 1st grader needs a little more help, and TestingMom.com has all the resources to get her excited about tests and for me as her mother to make sure she’ll do her best. You can get started with TestingMom.com by downloading 100 Free Skill Building Practice Questions for Pre-K to 8th Graders, this prepares kids for most state tests or just writing or kindergarten preparedness.

TestingMoms.com has made a huge difference in my daughter, she’s enjoying learning again and it’s such a wonderful feeling to see her thrive within such a short amount of time. She’s enjoying all the questions, they keep the kiddos entertained while learning and she’s loving it! I wish I had this resource when my oldest was her age. You can read reviews and testimonials HERE. There’s nothing cuter than your little kid coming to you running so excited about something new she learned and to see the dinner conversations morphed into the kids bragging about their educational progress.

Do your kids struggle at school? Are you concerned about their learning or just don’t have time or money to deal with tutoring? Let me know in the comments what your needs are.

Check out TestingMOm.com reviews HERE and their testimonials HERE

 

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