Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Efy Tal Jewelry Giveaway Event

Welcome to the Efy Tal Jewelry Giveaway Event, hosted by Happy Mothering and the Green Moms Network! We are excited to give you the opportunity to win one of three beautiful necklaces from Efy Tal Jewelry. If you haven't seen this beautiful jewelry line yet, you must visit the Efy Tal Jewelry website! All of her pieces are designed to help you express yourself while feeling empowered, sexy and feminine. There is something for everyone from large bold pieces to elegant flowers, animals, branches, trees and blossoms. 

 Efy Tal works out of her studio in Glen Rock, New Jersey, where she enjoys spending time with her daughter Lia, family and friends. The inspiration for her initial necklaces came from her experience and joy in becoming a mother.


 Happy Mothering had the opportunity to review Efy Tal's Tree of Life necklace. Click here to read her review. I'm very excited that we'll have 3 winners during this giveaway event! Three lucky winners will each take home one of the following necklaces:

Large Striking Japanese Cherry Blossom Statement Necklace ($88 value)


Large Lotus Necklace ($46 value)


Tiny Gold Two Initial Necklace with Birthstone ($29 value)


Aren't each of these necklaces unique and beautiful? Would you like the opportunity to win one?

Enter the Giveaway!

Three winners will each take home one of the necklaces above! Enter via the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to US residents ages 18+ only through April 30, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

 Learning and Growing the Piwi Way was not compensated for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please contact Chrystal at Happy Mothering with questions about this giveaway or for help organizing one for your brand.

Monday, March 31, 2014

All about Explorers! Early to Modern Exploration with the Poppins Book Nook

Welcome back to the Poppin’s Book Nook Virtual Book Club!

This month members are sharing books and activities around the theme 'Where in the World'. We had a great time with this topic last year! Miss K enjoyed getting out her old lap books and notebooks to look over. Many of the people we read about in the book we are sharing were part of her timeline she made as part of a unit study.
Grade 2 Early Explorer Unit Study

So You Want to Be an Explorer?  by Judith St George  differs from many other books on early exploration which are often in timeline and/or biographical format. Ms. St Georgeoutlines many traits and characteristics of successful Explorers. Over twenty traits like bravery, perseverance and being respectful of others are illustrated fact about different explorers and their voyages . The illustrator, David Small has done a great job of caricaturing these people and their adventures. It also touches on modern exploration of space.

The field trip:

We are fortunate enough to be able to tour Houston’s Lyndon Johnson Space Center and see the International Space Station (ISS) exhibit.  I really wanted the kids to understand how these people are exploring space everyday!  

 On the tour we saw where the astronauts train in ISS Mock ups. The image below is the Russian Soyuz Capsule, which is used to launch up to three people into space to begin their 6 month stay on the ISS.
Miss K was especially taken with all the female astronauts that have worked on the ISS. Jaunita Williams gives a great guide of tour in this video!

Another favorite part of exhibit was seeing what toilets looked like in space. 
As a long time space nut I was thrilled to be able to see the new mission control (from the viewing room).

A writing exercise: 

I used ‘So you want to be an explorer’ to make a list of explorer characteristics. Miss K then wrote 2-3 sentences or drew a picture illustrating how modern explorers might display each characteristic. For example, as she pointed out, an astronaut has to be brave because they don’t know what could happen on their mission.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our post! Please do take a look at all the great books and activities being sharing by all the book club members. 

Poppins Book Nook Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win a copy of Where in the World!  The winner must reside within the United States. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom's disclosures found here {}.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Easy Chicken Pot Pie Turnovers

We are on the move again and during our last week in Texas, I am on a mission to use up the contents of the fridge and freezer. My inspiration for this recipe was the 2 frozen precooked chicken breasts, sour cream and our stock pile of frozen empanada wrappers.

If you don't have this random set of ingredients lurking in your kitchen then you will need:

1 small onion, diced
1 medium carrot, diced
1 stick of celery, diced
1 teaspoon Olive oil
2 Table spoons parmesan cheese
1 Teaspoon garlic powder
4 Tablespoons Sour cream
2 packets of Goya empanada wrappers (find them in the freezer section), defrosted as per directions on Package
2 Grilled Chicken breast (I used the Tyson grilled ready cooked ones, defrosted as per directions on Package) and cubed
1 egg, whisked for egg wash.

Line two baking trays with parchment paper or grease well and heat oven to 375 degrees F.
Saute onions, carrots and celery until Onion is cooked through. Take off the heat and set aside. In a medium mixing bowl add chicken, parmesan, garlic powder, and sour cream and the sautéed veggies. Mix throughly.

Lay out the empanada wrapped on the trays and spoon approximately 3 tablespoons of filling onto each round. Close each wrapper by crimping the edges with a fork. Brush the empanadas with egg wash and bake for 15 mins or until golden brown.

The kids and Daddy enjoyed these with Cheese soup...which is a whole other set of random ingredients!

Well I'm off the pack some more but feel free to distract me by telling me what meals you have created lately to 'use up stuff'.

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