Thursday, February 27, 2014

Book Review: Questions God Asks By Israel Wayne

This is a sponsored post, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

One of the greatest things about homeschooling has been being able to teach and expose my boys to things that they probably wouldn't otherwise learn about if they were in public school. Another thing that I really enjoy about homeschooling is that it has increased my own thirst for learning and has really helped open doors for me to continue to learn and explore as well. We recently got the chance to review a great book, "Questions God Asks", by Israel Wayne,and it was a great read for me. 

This book was a really enlightening and new take on the Old Testament stories of the Bible. These are all stories that I am very familiar with, and learned a lot about throughout my childhood, but this book offered the stories from a new perspective, and really got me thinking a lot about the same old stories I have heard time and time again. Each chapter features a new question that God asked, and it got me thinking about my own answers to the questions as well. 

My boys are still too young to fully comprehend and understand a book like this, but this book could really come in handy for parents of older kids and teens. It would be a good book to help answer the really hard questions about faith and just life in general. I don't know about you, but those tough questions are the ones that really take my breath away as a mom, and maybe a book like this would be a good asset and a good resource to have when dealing with those issues. 

The book itself is not too short, and not too long, and the lessons and stories are presented in a straightforward, easy to understand way that would make this a perfect book for lessons or a family devotional. The author, Israel Wayne, has several other great homeschooling and parenting books out there that can be a great resource for parents of kids of all ages. I highly recommend it as an addition to your library! You can get the book on Amazon, and the Kindle version is only around $10, the paperback is around $11, and free shipping with Prime! Can't beat that! Check out this video for more info on the book: 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Assisted Living Versus Living At Home- What's Your Retirement Future?

(This is a sponsored post, however, all thoughts and opinions are completely my own)

Do you think about retirement? I have to say, it's something that never crossed my mind until a few months ago. Now, as I watch my boys getting older, it's hard to deny that I am getting older too, and before too long it's going to be time for me to start thinking about these things. I know that we need to have a plan and start thinking about this stuff before it's too late. I hope that my boys will be able to take care of me, but I don't know that will be able to happen for sure. I don't want to have to put that burden on them. Things are really starting to change when it comes to retirement and assisted living. Check out this interesting infographic! 

The Big Decision - A Merrill Gardens Infographic
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Don't Miss The BIGGEST School Appreciation Days EVER In The Smokies- Feb 21- March 9, 2014!!

I'm so excited to share something fabulous with you guys today! Starting on Friday, the wonderful Smoky Mountains will be having their BIGGEST School Appreciation Days event EVER!! The event runs from Feb. 21 through March 9, so there is plenty of time to get in on the action! You don't have to be a homeschooler, this promotion is open to teachers of all kinds! 

We were lucky enough to plan our vacation back in the fall to coincide with homeschool appreciation days, and it was a great way to check out some fun things that we wouldn't otherwise get a chance to go to, and save a ton of money along the way! I sure wish we were heading there in the next couple weeks, but it looks like we'll have to wait until the fall again this year! 

There are a ton of great businesses participating in this event this time around! I had a hard time getting my computer to save the flier, so I had to chop it up LOL, but here it is with all the info! 

These are all wonderful attractions, and I highly recommend that you take advantage of these offers if you are going to be in the area! Anybody have plans to head to the Smokies during this week? Leave a comment below and let me know, I would love to hear about your plans!! 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Review: Time4Learning For Homeschoolers!

We recently got the chance to try out Time4Learning for our homeschool lessons for an entire month! I have read a lot about Time4Learning and have seen lots of reviews on it over the past few months. It seems that lots of families are using Time4Learning for their homeschool, after school, and summertime supplement lessons, and we were excited to see what all the fuss was about! 

We have been homeschooling since August, and, while that isn't very long at all, it is long enough for me to realize that books and paperwork and worksheets alone is not the way to go for my boys. They really love working on the computer, it gives them a change of pace and a different perspective, and it is a good skill for them to learn. 

Signing up for Time4Learning was super easy, and took no time at all! Above is a look at what the dashboard looks like. There are five different categories: Language Arts, Language Arts Extensions, Math, Science and Social Studies. Time4Learning also has a great parent's section, where parents can check out the lessons before they are assigned, determine which lessons kids should do on which days, and generate reports about your child's progress! 

The lessons themselves are quick, fun, and focused! My second grader has really gotten into the lessons, and many of the characters are "regulars", so he likes that he gets to see them every day. The lessons are really fun, with videos and songs and games, it really doesn't feel like you are "doing school" when you are working with Time4Learning. Kids can work at their own pace, and do the work as fast or as slow as they want. Parents can use the lesson planner to decide how many lessons to do each day or each week!

The price is also right for Time4Learning! At only $19.95 a month, it is a great deal, and much cheaper than many other online curriculum! I really do feel like you get your money's worth with this program, which is important. I really liked Time4Learning,and we decided to continue paying for the curriculum after our free trial ended. It's a great addition to our homeschool routine! I know that many parents use T4L as their sole curriculum, and that is cool, too. I do feel like I need to supplement, but I think I would feel the need to supplement with any curriculum that we do. I don't like relying solely on one kind of learning, online learning, or workbooks, or videos, or textbooks.. I like a variety, and for us, T4L has proven to be the perfect variety! If you would like to check out Time4Learning, their website is HERE! We're sure that you will love it just as much as we have!  

Monday, February 17, 2014

Enter The Master Lock “Protecting All That You Love and Care About” Sweepstakes!! Starting TODAY!

Disclosure:This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

When it comes to taking care of people, and helping them when they're down, there really is nobody like the American Red Cross. Not just in an emergency, but every. single. day. They are good people, and they know just how to help when people are down and out. Whether it's a natural disaster, a house fire, or collecting blood to help people's medical needs, they are always there. The Red Cross is also a huge supporter of America's military families, and they are the best place to go if you need CPR training and Lifeguard training as well. Not just helping people in far away lands, the Red Cross helps our neighbors here at home too. If something ever happened to you, chances are, they would be one of the first people on scene to help.

I think about that often, what would happen in an emergency situation, like a house fire or tornado. It's pretty obvious, since my blog name is Flip Out Mama, that I tend to stress out more than others, in situations big and small.I think most of my "flipping out" stems from the fact that besides my hubby, I am the only protector that my boys have. We don't have a lot of outside support from family or friends, and I feel like it is *MY* duty and only *MY* duty to protect these two precious boys that I have been so lucky to have in my life.

One company who knows what it's like to protect those you care about is Master Lock. Master Lock is the world’s largest manufacturer of padlocks and related security products, providing innovative security solutions for home, automotive, campus, power sports, bike and storage security needs since 1921. As a recognized leader in the padlock and security industries, Master Lock is always striving to provide the best products and advice to help families live their lives safely and securely. And now, Master Lock is kicking off a sweepstakes to benefit the American Red Cross, and they are also giving away some great prizes!

Here's the scoop on this awesome sweepstakes: Master Lock is helping consumers protect all that they love and care about in 2014, whether a precious pet, certain someone or prized possession.Master Lock is kicking off its year-long initiative by asking consumers to tweet what they most want to protect using the hashtag #MasterLockProtects in exchange for a $1 donation to the American Red Cross and entry into a sweepstakes for a chance to win one of 28 prize packs.   Master Lock will make an initial $10,000 donation to the American Red Cross and will donate up to $10,000 in additional funds based on consumer participation in the sweepstakes, so make sure to enter! The sweepstakes starts TODAY, Feb 17, and runs through February 28!

Oh yeah, you might also want to hear about the AWESOME prizes, right??
 Sweepstakes prizes include:
o   Grand Prize Winners: 3
§  $100 Visa Gift Card
§  Master Lock 5422D Portable Key Safe
§  1547DCM Backpack Lock
§  5900D SafeSpace
o   First Prize Winners: 25
§  $50 Visa Gift Card
§  Master Lock 5422D Portable Key SafeE
§  1547DCM Backpack Lock
§  5900D SafeSpace
 Doesn't this sound like a great sweepstakes? Don't forget to enter!! You can learn more about Master Lock by checking out their website HERE, as well as the Master Lock vault website HERE.  If you want to learn more about the sweepstakes, you can read the official rules HERE! Oh yeah, and there is an AWESOME Twitter Party kicking off the sweepstakes TOMMOROW NIGHT!! Don't miss it! You can sign up HERE!  There will be great prizes! 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

GET READY TO ROLL!! Little Tikes Deluxe 2-in-1 Cozy Roadster Giveaway!!!

Okay guys, are you all ready for another amazing giveaway!? The Little Tikes Deluxe 2-in-1 Cozy Roadster is an awesome toy, and any kiddo would be lucky to have it! I know that you want to win this, don't ya? Strangely, I can't believe that my little man is now too big for this toy, but you can bet I would be entering if I still had kids small enough! Love this toy!

Get ready to hit the road with the Little Tikes Deluxe 2-in-1 Cozy Roadster! With the help of mom and dad, kids can zoom around in this fun character car!
Product Features
  • Shade canopy provides a shade with two cup holders
  • Real working horn
  • Quiet tires are durable for outdoor surfaces and gentle for indoor floors
  • Friendly character face
  • Adjustable handle can be attached to front and back of vehicle
  • Handle can be used for both pushing and pulling
  • For ages 1-4 years old

One lucky winner will receive a Deluxe 2-in-1 Cozy Roadster.

Organized by: Mom to Bed by 8. Giveaway ends March 2nd at 11:59pm, open to US residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck.
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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Amazing Giveaway!!! Ninja Mega Kitchen System- ENTER NOW!!

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I have been so excited to share this giveaway with you guys! It is a fabulous one, and you are for sure going to want to enter! This Ninja Mega Kitchen System is amazing! It's a $250 value and will completely change your life, I swear! Especially if you are trying to eat healthier, the individual smoothie cups have changed the way we do breakfast, and we love it! Go ahead, enter away!! 
Are you looking for a kitchen appliance that can literally do just about anything? Well a Ninja does deliver! You could be bringing home Ninja Mega Kitchen System. I love the Ninja and it has made some amazing recipes in my house from smoothies to gravy. It has been fantastic!
A revolutionary combination blender/food processor is the complete kitchen system with XL capacity that does it all. This kitchen gadget is a great choice for food prep!
FEATURES features single serve blending cups 10 ⅘" x 19 ½" x 15 ½" 16 lbs 72-oz. pitcher 8-cup processing bowl 1500 watts 2+ horse power metal/plastic/glass ETL listed wipe clean/dishwasher safe
What would you use your Ninja for the most!?
Want to check out the Ninja Mega Kitchen System for your self? CLICK HERE
Open to US Residents only, 18 years or older. The winner will have 48 hours to respond via email once the winner annoucment post is posted on I am not responsible for prize fulfillment or mishaps that happen with shipping. Giveaway ends Feb. 28th Midnight EST.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Finding The Perfect Prom Dress- A Task For The Brave

Prom season is quickly approaching, although it's still day 42849 of the LONGEST WINTER EVER here! I know that *eventually* the snow will melt, Spring will come, and it will be time to start thinking about fun things like PROM!! While my prom days are long gone, (wow ten years ago, that's crazy!), it's almost time for my niece to start planning for her prom! I can't wait to help her plan for her prom, it was one of the best memories of my "teenagerhood" and I really hope that hers is the same way! 

The most important part of prom, is, of course, THE DRESS! We have already been browsing for dresses, and have found some amazing choices at The great thing about this website is that there are hundreds of great options and they are all affordable!  I think that a girl's prom dress should be extra special, and definitely something that no one will forget! I mean, think about it, besides your wedding, your prom is one of very few times that you get to get dressed up and look super fancy and just have a great time. So, the dress is of the utmost importance! :) 

We've been browsing the web and "pinteresting" like crazy, and we have found some adorable dresses to put on my nieces wish list... Do you wanna see? 

We really love this one! Bright, fun, funky and definitely unique! Surprisingly affordable as well! You can check it out here
Umm, how about this one? Can you say glam?? I think this one is my niece's very favorite, and she's already planning on how she can earn some extra cash to start saving up! Want to check it out? You can get details on this beautiful dress here

We also really like this one! Sleek, stylish and very mermaid-y! I love the color combo too, it is absolutely gorgeous! See more on this dress here

As you can see, we have our work cut out for us when it comes to selecting a dress, but at least it's a fun job! Now, all we have to do is settle on a single dress, and then decide on hair.. and makeup.. and jewelry.. and shoes! Okay, maybe we still have a lot of work to do, but we're having a great time doing it! 

Want to help us decide? Leave a comment below and tell us which one of these three dresses that you like the best! 

Friday, February 7, 2014

AMAZING Giveaway for An HGTV Jessie Chair valued at $1,099.99!!!! #HGTVJessieChair

Okay, I am SO excited to share this giveaway with you guys, and it is an incredible one if I do say so myself!!! Would anyone be interested in winning your very own HGTV Jessie Chair? It's valued at $1,099.99!!! How amazing! 

We’re excited to be working with SAHM Reviews and a group of CoHosts to give away an amazing prize! It’s an HGTV Home Furniture Jessie Chair like the one featured in the video. Winner will select fabric and finish of their choice at the time of ordering. Prize fulfillment and delivery will be handled by HGTV Home Furniture Collection or a participating retailer, based on the winner’s location. The giveaway is open to residents of the contiguous United States or Canada. The approximate retail value of the HGTV Jessie Chair is $1,099.99!

This is a super amazing giveaway, and the chair itself is pretty dang cool! I can't imagine a cooler giveaway for us to be a part of! I have teamed up with some really great bloggers (check them out HERE) to help promote this giveaway, so it is going to be a ton of fun! Wanna see how the Jessie Chair is made? Check out this amazing video: 

Sooo cute! So, are you ready to win your own #HGTV Jessie Chair? ? ? It's time!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Win 3 Jars Of Raw Honey From Mohawk Valley Trading Company!

I'm so excited to share this giveaway with you guys! I love, love, LOVE raw honey, and this is a great giveaway where you can win 3 1lb jars of raw honey from Mohawk Valley Trading Company! What a great giveaway and prize valued at $45! What's not to love!! Want to know how to enter? Read on! 
Welcome to the Mohawk Valley Trading Co. Raw Honey Giveaway

Honey is great for many things including baking, sweetening drinks, as a topping, and so much more.  Raw Honey in particular is a great substitute for cough medicine.  I have found some of the most delicious Raw Honey I have ever had.  Absolutely delicious.  

Check out the full review to find out why it is SO great!

Enter Below to WIN (3) 1lb Jars of Raw Honey from Mohawk Valley Trading Co.!!!

Jenn, Mom Of Two Munchkins and Flip Out Mama are not responsible for shipping of prize.  Mohawk Valley Trading Co. has the sole responsibility for shipping of prize. Prize value is $45.  

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

#RipItSipItWinIt with Chuck E. Cheese's! Let The Good Times Rip!

I am very excited to tell you guys about the "Let The Good Times Rip" giveaway that is going on RIGHT NOW through the end of March at Chuck E. Cheese locations nationwide! You've probably already seen the commercials with the super catchy "Rip It, Sip It, Win It!" catchphrase, and this is such a cool giveaway, you are going to want to get in on the fun! It's so easy! Now through March 31, just stop by your local Chuck E. Cheese's, grab an 18 ounce cup, and peel off the game piece to see if you win! 

The prizes are awesome! Prizes can include a $5,000 Disney® Cruise Line Vacation, XBox One™ Console, Razor Crazy Cart™, PlayStation® 4 Console, Chuck E. Cheese’s gift cards, board games, tickets and more. We recently got a chance to head to our local CEC's and to try the "Let The Good Times Rip" game! Our whole family won extra tickets that we redeemed at the merchandise counter! 

All value deal meal packages are served with 18-ounce adult-size cups, which include a game piece. Guests can purchase additional cups for more chances to win. By signing up for the Chuck E-Club® or visiting the website, guests can find value deals including pizza, soft drinks and tokens before their next visit to play the game.

We had such a great time at Chuck E Cheese's celebrating a fun family day out, and I know you will too! Make sure to follow CEC's on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to stay up to date on all the latest news and promotions! Oh, and I have a great giveaway for one lucky Flip Out Mama reader! One lucky winner will win a Family Guest Pass, which includes a large one topping pizza, four soft drinks, and 30 game tokens! Have a fun day with your family on Chuck E! All you have to do to enter is leave your name and email address below! One lucky winner will be chosen via and will be announced on Mar. 1, 2014! Good luck and don't forget to #RipItSipItWinIt!! 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Celebrate #Valentine's Day With Hersheys!

I love, love, LOVE Valentine's Day! I am really a cheesy person by nature, so I really get big into cheesy holidays, and holidays where you get to give gifts "just because". I really love giving gifts to my babies. They are only 3 and 7, so they haven't come to "expect" a gift yet, and they are always really surprised when they get one! This year, Hershey's sent us some awesome Valentine's Day treats to try out, and we loved them all! Last week, when the boys went out to play in the (neverending) snow, I got out all of the candy treats and surprised them when they came back inside! I got some really adorable pictures of them, but now, my lovely camera that I spent my life savings on will not turn on. :( I have tried everything to get it to work, and it is just plain dead. (On the plus side, looks like I know what hubby's getting me for my birthday!) Anyhow, for this post, I will have to use other photos, and hopefully my handy dandy techy hubs can get my camera up and working soon! 

I really had no idea that Hershey's had so many great Valentine's treats these days! I need to get with the times LOL! Of course, I know all about Hershey's Pot Of Gold chocolate boxes, since those are my favorites of all time, but I had no idea that they had so much good stuff on the market now! 

The first product that we tried turned out to be my very favorite! I have always loved Hershey's HUGS ever since I was a little girl, but these new Raspberry flavored ones just took the cake! I mean, come on, what's not to love? White chocolate and raspberry flavor outside, and yummy Hershey's milk chocolate inside! LOVE IT! I am ashamed to say that these adorable little babies didn't make it to anyone except mom, and are hiding in a Santa Claus coffee mug up in the cabinet for THOSE days.. You guys know THOSE days, right??

The second product we tried turned out to be the favorite of all three of my boys, dad included! They are all super big suckers for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, so when Hershey's sent us a huge package of Hershey's Valentines Peanut Butter Heart Exchange (28 packs in all!), they were definitely ready to make my guys happy! These were delicious, and definitely made my boys fall in love! I have hidden them up in the cabinet too, for a reward on extra special days! 

I was also the lucky recipient of a Hershey's Solid Chocolate Heart, which was SUPER yummy! There just isn't anything that can beat classic Hershey's solid milk chocolate, in my book anyways! The boys were also thrilled to receive a big bag of Jolly Rancher Sours Gummy Hearts, just in time for Valentine's Day! We love Jolly Ranchers and sour candy, so this combo was a win for our house! They really do taste just like the old school hard Jolly Rancher candy that you remember! So yummy! 

If you are looking for a great (and affordable!) treat for your Valentine this year, look no further than your friends at Hershey's! The Hershey's Valentine's Day Collection has something for everyone and especially something for us moms! Don't forget to check out the Celebrate With Hershey's website so you can find great recipes and crafts that you can create for every single holiday! Need some inspirations? Look no further! 

Thanks again to our friends at Hershey's for inspiring us and giving us the chance to try out some really great products! 

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