Sunday, July 21, 2013

Motor Oil Matters... and a #GIVEAWAY!!!

Disclaimer:  The Motor Oil Matters information and gift cards have been provided by Motor Oil Matters.


How often do you guys think about motor oil? If you are like me, the answer is probably not that often. I mean, occasionally, when it's time to get the oil changed, I might give motor oil a passing thought, but that's about it. But, I have decided that that fact really has to change. Like soon. 


I was recently provided with some really interesting (and perhaps surprising!) information from MOM. What is MOM, you ask? MOM (Motor Oil Matters) is a new consumer education and industry watchdog program by the American Petroleum Institute. This nonprofit organization has been established to stress the benefits of quality licensed motor oils and call on to the carpet those who engage in deceptive practices. With the summer driving season ramping up, MOM wants to remind you to be in the know when it comes to motor oil changes.


Here's just a bit of the information they sent my way that has prompted me to be more proactive and informed about motor oil matters: 


•        AAA expects between the major summer holidays of Memorial Day and Labor Day to aid over eight million motorists, and cautions drivers that auto maintenance is key to avoiding summertime travel breakdowns. Ensuring quality motor oil in your car is one way to prevent road trip problems.

•        Motor Oil Matters, or MOM, a new consumer education and industry watchdog program by the American Petroleum Institute, has been established to stress the benefits of quality licensed motor oils and call on to the carpet those who engage in deceptive practices.

•        Service-locators can be quick to offer discounted services to people who are looking to reduce their automotive maintenance costs.  Make sure your service provider is pouring quality motor oil into your car before you decide on a cheaper deal.

Now, when it comes to cars and getting the oil changed, I am pretty much clueless, but I have decided to change that! The folks from MOM sent me a checklist to help me make sure that I know exactly what is going on when I get my oil changed, and you guys should take a look at it too! It is pretty dang informative! 



I feel much more ready to go get my oil changed without my hubby, and MOM is sending me a $50 gift card to go get it done, and see how much of a "big girl" I can be! If you are interested in learning more about MOM, or what YOU need to know about Motor Oil Matters, check out MOM's website, Facebook page, or Twitter page to keep up with all of the important stuff you need to know!! 

As if that wasn't enough, MOM has been kind enough to donate ANOTHER $50 VISA gift card for a lucky Flip Out Mama reader can have their oil changed as well!! Isn't that awesome!? Enter to win below, and if you are the lucky winner, don't forget to bring your MOM checklist along for your oil change!! Check back soon to see how I fare on my oil change adventure! 


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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Planning Our First Homeschool Year

Eeek. It's almost time to begin our first official homeschool year. You might remember my grump-laden post a few months back where I lashed out at our local public school. I am so grateful that I am getting this chance to teach my boys at home, although I don't know how long it's going to be an option. I'm really excited though, to get started with it and see where it takes us. 

I am really nervous about planning our first homeschool year. What are we going to do? What curriculum are we going to follow? I know this is all a really big deal and a big decision that all homeschooling mamas have to make. I'm worried that I will make the wrong choice. But, I am getting started, and that is what matters, right? Right? RIGHT? Cmon, people, make me feel better. . 


For now, I am browsing all my favorite homeschool blogs, and making lists, tons and tons of lists. I am getting some ideas, and deciding where we should go from here. I am pretty sure that we will go with an eclectic type of curriculum, something that I piece together myself, and nothing out of a box. 

I'm thinking perhaps a writing journal, lots of videos and hands on experiments and projects, tons of book reading, fun field trips and other fun stuff. But, I need some ideas for math. I don't know what the best math curriculum to use, what he will really connect with. I guess a lot of it is going to be trial and error... Any of you other homeschooling mamas have tips for me about deciding the best curriculum? 

I also need some help with planning our daily schedule as well. I am thinking a four day "real" school week, with the fifth day being used for field trips, park learning days, messy art projects and intense science experiments. I am pretty pumped about that and think it sounds fun. I am also going to plan on getting started at around 9am and being done between 1pm and 2pm, maybe earlier if we're lucky.... 

I guess I am just looking for tips and advice from other mamas, so if you have any, send it my way! 


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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

On DVD Now!!! Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness PLUS giveaway!!!

Brace yourself for awesome action and legendary laughs in this fun-filled animated TV series based on the Academy Award®-Nominated hit movie Kung Fu Panda! As the chosen Dragon Warrior and sworn protector of the Valley of Peace, Po the panda is highly skilled, ever vigilant and hungry for justice...and dumplings. Together with the Furious Five—Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Crane and Viper—Po must fend off fierce villains, including an evil version of himself (courtesy of the Mystical Mirror of Yin and Yang) and the toothy Croc Bandits!

Yay!!!! Who doesn't love them some Kung Fu Panda! I am so excited that Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness is out on DVD now! I love love LOVE Kung Fu Panda, and I was so excited to get to share this guy with my littles! This is a great DVD and contains over TWO hours of awesomeness, including: 

Good Croc Bad Croc
The Princess and the Po
Chain Reaction
Bad Po
Jailhouse Panda
Father Crime
Po Fans Out! 

I love it!! Do your kids like Kung Fu Panda? Do you think they would like to win a copy of this DVD? You can enter to win one below!!! 



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we received a copy of this dvd for review purposes. All opinions are my own, and are not influenced by outside means. 
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