Summer Fun with Parragon Books – Giveaway

I think it is so important to offer your kids a variety of activities to do in the summer.  I know it is so easy for my girls to get locked into the TV or their tablets all day – so I love having a variety of activities for them to do, especially those that encourage learning and creativity.

This is why we love Parragon Books, we have found so many fun activity books to do this summer!  Here are a few of our favorites.

Know Your Knots Kit

by Parragon Books


Book Description:  
This ‘Know Your Knots’ set is great for anyone who wants to learn the most practical knots and their uses. There are multi-purpose knots, life support knots, and boating knots included so whether you sail, climb, camp, or just want to tie a bundle together this set can show you the way and give you invaluable knot knowledge for every situation. Including knots, bindings, loops, bends, shortenings, hitches, knot lore, alternative names, knot uses, and expert tips. Need a secure knot? Check this out and find the knot to fix it. The contemporary box contains a handy book on the art of tying knots with step-by-step diagrams and clear instructions, alongside two practice ropes to take you through the stages of tying each knot. The 6.5 ft. ropes come in two diameters: one 1/8 in. and one 1/4 in., so that you can try the knots on a rope suitable to your needs. Compare your handiwork to the final knot photo in the book and become a knot-tying pro in no time.

My Review:  This book was a little too old for my kids, but I sure had fun playing with it!  I had no idea there were so many types of knots.  This is definitely going on our shelf for the future.  What a great learning tool!

You can find Know Your Knots Kit by on Amazon, and other bookstores.

Smiley, Crazy, Happy Emoticon Sticker Activity

by Parragon Books


Book Description

Have fun with emoticons and feelings in this 2000 sticker book! Tell stories by translating emoticons into words, design your own smileys, and much more! Plus, it’s full of entertaining activities like mazes, memory games, and quizzes, with an answer key in the back.

My Review:

My girls really love emoticons, so they found this book to be fun.  They loved all the stickers and activities that were in this book.  There were so many stickers that they used them to decorate their piggy banks.  Who doesn’t love smiley faces!

You can find Smiley, Crazy, Happy Emoticon Sticker Activity on Amazon, and other bookstores.

Justice League Magical Story

by Parragon Books


Book Description

The alien conqueror Starro has returned to enslave planet Earth and all its people. It’s time to call on the Justice League! Can the World’s Greatest Super Heroes stop the evil starfish before its too late? Enjoy a classic Justice League adventure with a magical storybook with an embossed tin cover image.

My Review:

My daughter Allie is really into super heroes, so she fell in love with this book.  The colors are so vibrant and beautiful.  She would spend hours looking and looking at this book.  I really loved the cover of this book — very durable.

You can find Justice League Magical Story on Amazon,  and other bookstores.

4000 Stickers Under the Sea

by Parragon Books


Book Descrip

Discover a whole world of adventure under the sea, including playful dolphins, a mysterious shipwreck and a colorful coral reef. This fun activity book will spark children’s imaginations as they complete the scenes and solve the puzzles. Includes activities like join the dots, coloring in, and spot the difference… plus 4000 awesome stickers to choose from!

My Review:

Wow!! –  this book has so many stickers!  My girls love animals, so this was a thumbs up from the beginning.  They had fun doing the activities, but it was the beautiful stickers that they loved the most!  This definitely is a fun summer activity book!

You can find 4000 Stickers Under the Sea on Amazon and other bookstores.

Professor Murphy’s Marble Mania

by Parragon Books


Book Description

Flicking, bowling, knuckling down – whats your best marble move? Find out with the Professor Murphys Marble Mania box set. With over 15 classic marble games to build, play and score, as well as a Marble Mania game book and 25 colorful, glass marbles. Includes: 25 Marbles, Extreme Pinball, Monster Maze, Awesome Arch Board, & 16 page illustrated book.

My Review:

My girls really love marbles, so when they opened the box they were very excited to start playing this game.  This is such a fun activity to do indoors when it is too hot to play outside.

You can find Professor Murphy’s Marble Mania on Amazon, and other bookstores.

Disney Moana Choose Your Destiny

by Parragon Books



Book Description

Meet Moana and her friends, and join them for some magical ocean adventures! Design a new necklace for Moana, help Maui find his magical fishhook, color in Pua and Heihei, plus much, much more!

My Review:

My daughters love Moana, so they really loved this book!  There are pages and pages of activities and stickers to go along with it.  Hours and hours of fun!

You can find Disney Moana Choose Your Destiny on Amazon, and other bookstores.

Disney Moana Born to Voyage

by Parragon Books


Book Description

Set sail with Moana on an amazing ocean adventure! Find the heart of Te Fiti, count the seashells, spot the matching Maui, and much, much more in this oceanic activity book. Also includes six awesome character pencil toppers.

My Review:

This was another wonderful Moana activity book.  The girls had a blast playing with this book.  It comes with stickers, and fun character pencil toppers.  My girls really loved the popout pencil toppers — it made coloring so much fun!

You can find Disney Moana Born to Voyage by Parragon Books on Amazon, and other bookstores.

Doodle and Draw Spots, Stripes and Squiggles

by Parragon Books


Book Description

Finish the patterns, squiggles, and shapes to create amazingly imaginative doodles. Inventive prompts and artistic page starters will inspire your child to doodle, create, enjoy. Start Little, Learn BIG!!!

My Review:

This book was the girls all time favorite!  My 4 and 5 year old daughters love this book. ere are so many pages to color, with fun prompts to bring out their creativity.  As a mom I really love that it encouraged them to try new things.  Below is an example of one of the pages.

You can find Doodle and Draw Spots, Stripes and Squiggles on Amazon, and other bookstores.

This was my girls all time favorite book, so Parragon was awesome enough to offer a giveaway! 🙂





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Zoobooks – Fun Animal Magazines for Kids + Zoobooks Giveaway!!

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My children love animals, and love receiving things in the mail .. so these magazine subscriptions are amazing!  My girls love them!

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Zootles (ages 3-6), just like Zoobooks, but for preschoolers. Full of age-appropriate writing and engaging photos/art. Plus, tons of family activities ideas.

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My kindergartner Allie, loves reading Zootles with me!  We love having the one-on-one time together. 🙂  The magazine has large print, activities, and it includes phonics/early reading skills that make it ideal for my preschooler and kindergartner!   She also loves dinosaurs and enjoyed the Zoodinos magazines.

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May 2017 Fit Snack Box Unboxing

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I don’t know about you, but I can always use a bit of extra motivation when it comes to eating healthier (especially snacks); and there are so many products on the market.  Fit Snack Box Provides a monthly subscription experience of healthy conscious foods, innovative snacks, and fitness tips to support your active lifestyle.  I really love the wide variety of products you get to discover every month.  Trying and finding new “healthy” snacks that my children actually like is a challenge – but having them delivered to your door in a box has made it fun for my children.  It also gave me new ideas for work and school snacks.


Sisters Anita and Rose Muniz are the duo behind Fit Snack. They realized that taking the leap to live a healthier life is not always easy.  The grocery store is lined with high sugar, over processed foods, not everyone has access to Sprouts or Whole Foods and it’s really hard to know what new healthy snacks you will like without tasting them. The Fit Snack duo decided that they would curate an assorted box every month and on top of that, include at home workouts and bonuses like free music downloads. 

Each Fit Snack Box comes with 7-10 full-size and deluxe sample items, plus free workout and recipe cards.  This is a $32+ in guaranteed value.

When selecting products to include in the box, they use the Fit Snack “Perfect 10″.  Put simply, they look for snacks that fall into one or more of these categories: Nutrient Dense (high in protein, complex carbs, low sugar index), Consciously Made (GMO free, organic production, sustainably farmed), and Diversified Energy (gluten free, clean eating, paleo, raw).

Fit Snack offers several different subscription plans including 1-month, 3-month, 6-month, and annual subscription options. Monthly box prices start at $15.00 (+ $5 S/H) and provide double that value within each box.

This box is a great monthly reminder to eat healthy, and best of all — it’s delivered right to your door.  Try it out yourself and order your own!

This is what I received in my box this month.

Rise Buddy Chips:  is the “new chip” off the old block.  They taste just like the couch potato chip, but are Gluten Free, Trans-fat free, and best of all made from “whole grain” brown rice.  That means families can snack smart.

They have a nice crunchy texture that the kids loved.

Fawen Drinkable Soup:  is a delicious boost of plant-based superfood to fuel an active lifestyle, anytime, anywhere!  Organic, hydrating, and clean – drink Fawen daily to fuel the things you love!

This was an easy lunch to take to work.

Foods Alive:  Food to nourish your body, mind & soul… Foods Alive is a family owned company dedicated to creating the healthiest foods.  Just like you, we care deeply about the food we put in our bodies, so we only use the highest quality Organic, Began, Kosher, & Gluten Free ingredients in the foods we make.  Everything we create here at Foods Alive is of the deepest integrity, from our family to yours.

If you like lemon, you will like these crackers.

Peanut Butter & Co:  Mighty Night Powdered PB. 90% Less Fat.  5g-6g of Protein.  Great for smoothies, oatmeal, and baking!

We ate ours on top of icecream, not healthy .. but delicious.

Purely Inspired:  Nutrition you want, taste you crave.  Purely inspired Organic Protein provides a 20g of protein, 7g of fiber, only 2 grams of sugar and nothing artificial.  It’s delicious choice you can feel good about.

I loved taking these to work as a snack!

Bite Fuel Protein Granola:   Bite Fuel Blue Mango Protein Granola Trail Mix is a tasty snack with 10 grams of grass fed whey protein.

This was by far my favorite! 🙂

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Painting Fireworks

We decided to paint fireworks this weekend.  🙂

This is really easy and fun.  

  1. Put some shavingcream on a cookie sheet.  
  2. Place dots of color
  3. Star out the paint with a q-tip
  4. Place thick white paper on the creations and press down lightly
  5. Let sit for a few minutes and remove.
  6. Set aside and let the paint dry for about 5-10 minutes 
  7. Scrap off shaving cream with a card.  (We used junk mail)

     This is also a fun way to make fireworks!

    1. Cut a toiletpaper roll with strips – halfway up.
    2. Place paint on paper plates.
    3. And have fun stamping some fireworks!

    Easy Chicken Parmesan 

    This recipe is so easy, and your kids will love it!!  

    Start by cutting the chicken in half, leaving a seam.  Add parmesan cheese in the center. 

    Coat the chicken with egg yolk,  then breadcrumbs.   I used an Italian style. 

    Then fry it a few minutes to get the coating brown.

    Place chicken in a caserole plan and cover with tomato sauce and more cheese.  Bake the chicken for about 30 minutes. 

    Boil some spagetti noodles, takes about 10 minutes.  

    Serve chicken over the noodles.

    Stop, Pray, Walk Away: Object Lesson on Self Control

    There is nothing wrong with being angry.  Anger is a wonderful emotion, to show us that something is wrong.  Typically, one of the primary emotions, like fear or sadness, can be found underneath the anger. … In contrast to fear and sadness, anger can provide a surge of energy and make us feel more in charge, rather than feeling vulnerable or helpless.  According to James 3:2-8, we must not sin when we feel angry.

    Here is an object lesson to teach your children about self control when we are angry.

    James 3:7-8 “All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.”

    Fill up a clear class of water almost to the top with warm water.  Place the glass in a baking dish — for overflow.  Next, add a few drops of food coloring, and 3-4 drops of dish soap into the glass.  Now sprinkle 2 Tablespoons of baking soda on top.  THE FUN PART  — pour in vinegar into the glass.  OVERFLOW!!

    Explain to the children that we are the water, and the baking soda is our anger.  The vinegar is our self control, and if we don’t control it — we will sin in our anger.

    God’s plan is better — stop, PRAY, and walk away!

    May Favorites

    Here are my May Favorites

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    Kitchen Favorites


    I received 2 new coffee cups last month – and I am in love with them! I received them from Wild Eye Coffee Mugs,  a wholesale company, but you can buy from their online retailers.

    And speaking of mugs… have you tried Duncan Hines “Cake in a Mug”, well that is what we call it in our house!  🙂  … so delicious!

    Favorite Toys

    The girls are really loving coloring and playing with these markers from Educational Insights Rainbow Prancers Puppet-on-a-Stick Markers.  We were introduced to these last summer, but they are still a big hit in our house.

    Beauty Favorites


    I really love Beeseential products.  Our current favorite is their foaming soap.  I have replace all of our soap with this brand.  I love that it nourishes your hands and doesn’t dry them out.  It smell is wonderful too.

    Favorites in the Bedroom

    I also love Beesential’s Original Honey Hand & Body Cream in Relaxing Lavender.  I’ve been using it on the girls before bed.


    PeachSkinSheetsOh my!  … These are my new favorite sheets!  You can buy them on amazon, and they are amazing!  I’ve washed them a few times, and they are still wonderful!