Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Kentucky Raises The Bar On Reading

Children's Literacy Advocate Shares
How Parents Can Prepare Kids for the Test
Kentucky is one of 44 states that has adopted the common core standards, and with new processes implemented by the senate, the expectations are high for students.  
Last year,  the overall state proficiency rate for reading and math combined dropped between 2015-16 and 2016-17. In fact, the high school combined math and reading average is lower than the average posted two years ago, as well. (Source)
As teachers struggle to find new ways to prepare their kids for the test this Spring, parents can also play a role in their success. 

Children's Author and Literacy  Advocate  Carew  Papritz  Can  Help!
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The 5-time award-winning author has inspired thousands of young students and he is showing parents tips and tricks to help their kids master the art of reading and writing.   Mixing humor and education, Papritz offers sage advice for families that is kid-friendly and fun. 

"There is a lot of pressure on elementary kids today and test anxiety is very real. Kids need to master literacy skills but they also need to have fun and be kids,"
says Papritz.

Affectionately known as "The Cowboy Philosopher,” Carew’s bestselling book, "The Legacy Letters," is a heartwarming and inspirational story told through a series of deeply personal letters that ultimately become—“A Love Story about Life” 
  • 3 FUN activities to prep for the tests.
  • How parents can help kids manage test anxiety.
  • How to get your kids to master the art of reading & writing.
  • How parents can take advantage of teachable moments.
  • Old-school parenting advice for the modern age.
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Carew Papritz, also known as The Cowboy Philosopher, is the author of the multi-award winning book The Legacy Letters. Though fictional, The Legacy Letters has won acclaim as a life lessons book for all generations, gaining the distinction of being the only book in publishing history to win awards in both fiction and non-fiction categories. A Renaissance Man in an age that lauds the specialist, The Huffington Post says Papritz "intrigues and enlightens, charms and catalyzes change for every reader."    
As part of his many innovative and adventurous first-ever book signings, Carew truly lives his book’s central message to “live life to the fullest” while signing books on top of volcanoes and horses. These events and other YouTube videos, such as the “I Love to Read” series and his annual literacy-driven charity event, “The Great Book Balloon Launch,” inspire kids and adults to rediscover the joy of reading! proceed of the summer’s sales of The Legacy Letters went to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.  Proceeds from his recent “First-Ever Book Signing while Stomping Grapes” went to the Seattle Children’s Hospital.  Other charities include Reading is Fundamental and the Military Mama’s Network. Find his videos at: 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Data Management Can Improve Your Business

I am writing this post on behalf of Diamond Links for Profisee I am receiving compensation for this post however all opinions are one hundred percent my own regardless of compensation. Going Goble only works with companies that are a fit for my readership and we feel will benefit from the information. 

When I first started blogging I never dreamed I would one day have a site that reaches the world. I started out just sharing my opinions on this and that and products I loved. Now through my site I work with reps from all over the world and some top companies like Crayola, Ninja, and Shark just to name a few. The more I grew and the more companies I connected with the more questions these new companies were asking me that I could not answer. One day I decided I needed to learn more about my companies own data. That way I could work with the larger companies and give them the information on my site they were asking for such as audience size, audience demographics and more. I had no idea how to find this information? I turned to Profisee to help!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Give the Gift of Creativity this Valentines Day

If you where to ask me what I want for Valentines Day, I could give you several ideas right off the top of my head. An adults only dinner, movie night, a mani/pedi and the list goes on. When it comes to finding Valentines gifts for your younger kids it can be more challenging. Some parents don;t even find it necessary to buy for the kids for valentines Day, and the ones who do want to stick to a simple budget. After all, this isn't Christmas or a birthday. It's a day to show your loved ones that your thinking of them with a somewhat simple, but meaningful gesture.
My boys love arts and crafts. I'm sure you see me post about it all the time. It's something fun we can do together that doesn't break the bank.

Crayola is my go-to brand for anything arts. The products never disappoint. This year I chose a few different fun items and made them a big basket of sorts to open together. One of the bigger things as Crayolas Preschool readiness kit. What's better than fun while learning? This specific kit is designed for kids 36 months and older. It's amazing for helping young kids earn letters, shapes, colors, numbers and more. It has a 40 page booklet filled with fun and colorful activities that will help your child grow creatively. The activities focus on the development of physical, thinking, language, and social skills which are all essential for further learning. The kit also have 20 pages of construction paper, 8 Ultra Clean Washable Broad Line Markers, 8 hexagon colored pencils, 8 Jumbo Crayons, 3 sticker sheets, safety scissors and glue. Both fun and educational for your little ones.

Another cute thing I got, which will be the first time the boys have tried it, is the Color Alive Funny Faces Zanny Zoo. It allows kids to create a funny, silly version of themselves in a safe and creative way. They can color a mask in the 11 page booklet then upload it to a smart device and see themselves wearing their crazy creation. They get to mix and match with over 250 zany animal mask creations. Each virtual mask includes silly and surprising animations. My boys love anything that gets them time on their electronics, so this will for sure be a hit.

To go with these fun products I also got a couple Color Wonder Mess Free Coloring Kits. I love these for long trips. They definitely help to keep the boredom at bay. Along with some Jumbo Palm Grip Crayons and paint rollers. If your looking for some creative ways to show your little valentine that your thinking of them make sure to check out Crayola via the link below.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

$25 Visa Gift Card and Stevia In The Raw Product Giveaway

I was provided with product and a gift card to share information and my personal opinion on these products. 

Whether you love Valentine’s Day or hate it, it’s a day where many of us treat ourselves to our favorite sweet indulgences. This year, thanks to zero-calorie sweetener, Stevia In The Raw®it’s okay to eat your feelings and #SweetYourself—especially when you can indulge with reduced sugar and calorie recipes perfect for the occasion! My favorite recipe to indulge with is these delightful Red Velvet Cupcakes (find recipe below). Stevia in the Raw can be used for so much more. Substitue sugar when you need a sweet treat, or add it to your morning coffee. 

To spread some sweet love this Valentine’s Day, Stevia In The Raw® is encouraging fans to share how they’re treating themselves for a chance to be rewarded.

From February 1-14, fans can share photos using #SweetYourself and tagging @InTheRaw for the chance to win product samples daily. Plus, one lucky winner will get the ultimate #SweetYourself experience with a $500 Spa Finder gift card.

GIVEWAY!! One of my Lucky readers will have the chance to win one $25 virtual Visa Gift Card along with a Stevia In The Raw Bakers Bag and Stevia In The Raw Packets. Scroll down to Enter!! 

For another opportunity to win visit Reviewz And Newz and enter her giveaway!!



1/3cup unsweetened cocoa
3tablespoons red food color
1 ½teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3/4cup Sugar In The Raw®
4egg yolks
3egg whites
1cup low fat buttermilk
1/2teaspoon salt
1/2cup Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag
2 ¼cups sifted cake flour
1teaspoon baking powder
1/4teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
1 ½teaspoons baking soda
1 ½teaspoons white vinegar
2 ¼cups Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting:

2(8 ounce) packages reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1/2cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3cup plus 1 tablespoon Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag
1/4cup 1% low fat milk


Preheat oven to 350°F.
In small bowl combine cocoa, red food color and vanilla, set aside.
In large bowl beat together butter and Sugar In The Raw®. Add yolks one at a time and beat well after each addition. Add cocoa mixture and blend well.
In another bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form, set aside. Combine buttermilk with salt. Combine Stevia In The Raw®, cayenne pepper and baking powder with cake flour. Add buttermilk mixture and flour mixture to cocoa mixture, alternating a third at a time beating after each addition. Combine baking soda and vinegar then add to batter and blend well. Fold in egg whites.
Fill each heart shape silicone baking cup 2/3 full with batter. Arrange cups on 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper and bake 13-15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Remove from oven and let cool 5-10 minutes before removing from baking cup. Cool cupcakes on rack before frosting.
Makes 24 cupcakes.
Note: If heart shape silicone cups are not available, muffin pans can be used.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
In a medium bowl combine all ingredients and blend well. Makes enough frosting for 36 cupcakes.

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