Monday, August 25, 2014

Learning About Careers in The Theatre With Poppins Book Nook

It was tough to decide which direction to take this month with the Poppins Book Nook theme: What will I be when I grow up? It was exciting to look through books about careers in our community.

The girls both had different types of ideas and so I decided not to cram it all into one project. The post today will focus on career in dance and theatre. Miss K (8) began taking Musical theatre classes, and she is 'hooked'.  They are studying 'Broadway Musicals by the decade, from the 30's to the 90s' to go along with this we are working on a unit study based on this amazing book I found on Amazon.

How Does the Show Go On: An Introduction to the Theatre  It gives kids a great view into how a modern Broadway show is produced. Its split cover opens up like a red curtain and begins at the front of the house and then takes you to the stage and behind. At each point, there are detailed explanations of the many roles of the people working and acting in the theatre. The book is extremely interactive, and there are playbills and tickets to take out and look at. There are also parts of scripts and directors production sketches and of course a lot of photos from many well known Disney Broadway Musicals.

We went through it quickly exploring all the pieces but now have started at the beginning again to study each role and part of the production in a unit study. I am making notebook and lapbook type components as we go through this book. With luck, I can soon share them on the website for you to use with your theatre fans and budding actors and actresses!

In the meantime here are some we have already found...

  • My new favorite Drama resource is It had given me the confidence to begin playing Drama games with the girls and we may even try script writing soon thanks to some great lesson plans they share.

Thanks for taking the time to join us this month, be sure to check out all the inspiration from all the other Poppins Book Nook Bloggers!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Rush Hour Jr: A fun Workout for young Minds!

If you're a parent, you know there are times where need something to keep your kids quietly occupied. For me, it's often when I need to make a phone call or help my oldest out with her schoolwork. It can be easy rely on technology. Coloring books and simple crafts sometimes work for our preschooler but it depends on the day. Thankfully I now have a new way to keep her busy and learning...and it requires no screens or electricity!

Recently Thinkfun sent us the kids version of the Traffic Jam Logic Game Rush Hour® to see what we thought of it.

Just like the classic version Rush Hour Jr. you need to shift 3D cars and trucks around on 'streets' in the correct sequence in order to help your ice cream truck escape the gridlock.

It's easier said than done!

Included in the game are 40 challenge cards, 15 vehicles, and the grid. 

To begin the player selects a card at the level of play they are working at (there are four levels from beginner to expert). 

The card will show how the vehicles need to be initially arranged on the grid. From here the player can begin sliding the vehicles forward or backwards to try and get the ice cream our of the traffic jam.  If you get stuck you can always refer to the solution on the other side of the card.

Both kids really enjoyed this game. To begin with I played it with our 4 year old as she had a little trouble setting up the board. As far as the game play, she really took off with it. It held her attention and was content to sit quietly and figure it out several cards at a time.

When our 8 year old managed to get a turn she thought it was 'pretty cool'. This is definitely not just a preschool game. The upper level cards are challenging for her and I think this Jr version of game will be fine for both of them for a good while. As for Grown-ups it gave my brain a good workout too. I would seriously look into adding the adult version to our board game collection as a family christmas gift too this year! I especially liked that is sturdy and the vehicles chunky enough for little hands to hold. The size of the base makes it extremely portable. A little cloth bag is included to carry the fun with you to pull out at restaurants or at the Doctor's waiting room.

You can find  Rush Hour Jr. at  Thinkfun's Online store! It would make a great gift for birthdays and other special occasions. Grandparents and Aunts might like to get one to keep at their place for when the little ones visit too! 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Framesi BY Sparkling Mousse Light Review + Giveaway #beautycarechoices

I have rocked some pretty questionable hair styles in my thirty-something years. Most have been because every hairdresser I ever went to in New Zealand treated me like I had straight hair - I don't.
 Too many times I feel for 'the diffuser won't make it frizzy'. And this is how I would look…every time.
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These days I just ask for it to be flat ironed. On the other 360 days of the year I like to just let my curls do their thing. For the past few years, I have been using a curl friendly gel – it holds the curls but they look wet and smell of it gives me headaches. I had always figured shine was out the question.

I was wrong! Framesi was kind enough to send me a can of Framesi BY Sparkling Mousse Light.

I washed my hair with my usual olive oil based shampoo and conditioner: towel dried it and applied a handful of Framesi BY Sparking mousse.  I let it air dry for several hours and got a good surprised when I remembered to go back and check the mirror. I had defined curls, that were shiny without looking wet.  They were a bit crunchy feeling, but this wasn't a problem with my next wash when I used a little less mousse.

About a week later my daughters returned to Ballet after a summer break. It made a huge difference to their hair as well. They both have shoulder length straight and shiny hair (the kind I wished I had as a kid). It is nearly impossible to twist into a neat bun.

I used the Framesi BY  Sparkling Mousse on their dry hair and then styled it. I wish I had some pictures what their buns looked like at the start of the summer so you could see the huge difference. This is what I can manage now with Framesi BY Sparkling Mousse.

All I need to do now is convince my husband to try it, but he's holding out because of the scent -he is convinced it smells too good for him to use. Personally I think it has a nice fresh scent, not too feminine at all! I would recommend it for a natural looking hold in all hair types. 

Framesi has been generous enough to let one of my readers try it for free. If you can't wait to try it you can get your own at Please enter using the giveaway tools widget. One (1) entrant, chosen by random will win a full-size sample of Framesi BY Sparkling Mousse Light.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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