EmbarK12 Family of Preschool Programs Can Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

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Our EmbarK¹² family of preschool programs includes EmbarK¹² Comprehensive and EmbarK¹² Online, offering a fun, innovative approach to early learning your child will love and will prepare your child for Kindergarten.


EmbarK¹² TM Online is a robust portfolio of more than 830 interactive activities, designed for self-guided and independent learning among children ages 3-6. Developed by educational experts, this supplemental Pre-K program makes learning fun, dynamic, and enriching. Brought to you by K¹² , the leader in online education for grades K through 12, this innovative program is based on research and industry standards for early learning. EmbarK¹² Online will prepare your child for Kindergarten with basic skills such as mathematical reasoning, early literacy, scientific observation, investigative skills, and much more through stimulating engagement. Kindergarten readiness programs by K12. Try a sample activity today.



EmbarK12 Online - Over 830 interactive activities to engage your preschooler. EmbarK¹² Online was developed by educational experts, this supplemental Pre-K program makes learning fun, dynamic, and enriching and includes 12 units of activities, each with related content and activities, covering Math, Language and Literacy, and topics from the world around them. Examples of topics include "Travel and Explore," "Our World," and "Story Time."

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EmbarK12 Comprehensive- Online and hands-on preschool program for your early learner. With over 1,200 age-appropriate activities, engaging children using a wide variety of interactive multimedia and hands-on materials - over 288 hours of activities in all! There are 18 thematic units covering 6 subjects: Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Music, and Art. Examples of themes include: Family and Friends, My Five Senses, and Looking at Animals. You can get a 12-month subscription for $286/year and all of the upgrade kits include hands-on manipulative


K¹² Inc. (NYSE: LRN) is the nation’s foremost provider of proprietary technology-powered online solutions for students in pre-kindergarten through high school. K¹² has partnered with more than 2,000 school districts and has delivered more than 4 million courses over the past decade. K¹² provides curricula, academic services and learning solutions to public schools and districts, traditional classrooms, blended school programs and families. K¹² works with more than 5,000 teachers across the U.S. – the largest network of online school teachers in grades K through 12.
The K¹² program is offered through K¹² partner public schools in more than two-thirds of the states and the District of Columbia, and through private schools serving students in all 50 states and more than 110 countries. More information can be found at http://www.K12.com.

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Be #CartonSmart This Holiday Season

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I recently received the opportunity to review a great new product, Tetra Pak cartons from Pacific Foods. Now some of your favorite foods, vegetables, stocks, etc. can be found in these cartons instead of cans. I can’t wait for you to see what it means to Become Carton Smart.
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With the Holiday season upon us, I have been baking and cooking up a storm. And I still have to cook everyday meals for the rest of the week! That's why I love this go-to recipe for just this time for year. It's filling and perfect for when you have been cooking, cleaning, or shopping all day and just don't feel like making dinner. What I love are quick easy solutions, what I dislike are are canned messes that leave you with a metallic taste.
One of my go-to easy recipes is Creamy Crock Pot Spaghetti.
Creamy Crock Pot Spaghetti Recipe with SmartCarton
Super easy to make between the hustle and bustle of the season and very yummy. Creamy Crock Pot Spaghetti requires chicken stock and since I received some Organic Chicken Stock to review, I thought this recipe would be a perfect opportunity to test it out.
Pacific Foods Organic Chicken Stock
A little product info about why Tetra Pak cartons are pantry stables for those that enjoy living smart:
• Tetra Pak® cartons are made of 70% paper, a renewable resource, from selectively harvested, re-grown trees that are FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council).
• Cartons use 1/3 of the packaging compared to cans.
• Cartons are space saving, stackable, easy to store and open. Keep your pantry neat and toss your can openers!
• The unique packaging process preserves the flavor and nutrients of food without the use of preservatives. Product quality is exactly the way it was intended to be.
• Recycleable and in fact result in 60% less landfill waste than cans.
• Cartons are re-closable so you can use what you need and save the rest for later.
And since I have been trying to reduce my families chemical intake, I felt these are a perfect solution!
Here is what I received from Pacific Foods:
Pacific Foods
As you can see, I also received Pacific Foods Pumpkin Puree which I used to make my first ever Pumpkin Pie and Pacific Foods Cranberry Sauce that was super easy to open! I brought the Cranberry Sauce to my mother's house for after Christmas dinner and everyone loved it!
Check out this fun infographic to learn more!
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Make sure to Tweet @CartonSmart and Follow #CartonSmart on Pinterest to keep up with all the #CartonSmart news!
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Cute, Easy Family Holiday Cards from LEGO Minifigure

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Who doesn't love a personal Holiday card and with the chaos of the Holidays, sometimes an e-card is just what you need to make sure you can give something special to everyone on your list. This holiday season, LEGO has created a unique and fun online experience called “Minifigure Family”, which allows you to create your own custom LEGO Minifigure holiday card! It's so easy and you can make your own LEGO Minifigure Family in no time at all!
Minifigure Family by LEGO Holiday Card
Each member of your Minifigure family can be customized to match your skin tone, facial expressions, outfits, and more. Once you’ve got your family Minifig-ed, you can share the holiday card with your friends and family via your social channels, like Facebook or Twitter.
First you can need to pick ot your family memebers - up tp 13! You can pick out different clothes for them. And choose to have a baby or pets in your family. I was kind of disappointed that white wasn't an option for the dog. The next is to set your scene, you can choose a nice Holiday background or decide you want to head to the beach! At the end they have different options so you can easily share with others.
This is how my LEGO Minifigure Holiday Card ended up turning out...
My LEGO Minifigure Family Holiday Card
If you would like something fun to share in the Holiday spirit, I suggest making a LEGO Minifugre Holiday Card of your very own!
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5 Tips for Potty Training

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Tips for Potty Trainging

My daughter is completely potty trained during the day. We are currently working on night time potty training. I was also a Nanny for five years before I became a Mommy. I am going to share what worked for us and if you have any tips of your own, please share them in the comments below so we can all benefit. ;D
1. Don't yell, get mad, or punish. My friend's husband wanted to yell at their daughter whenever she had an accident on the floor and put her in time out. When you have been allowing them to go in their diapers for two years, it can be an alarming sensation to go in a pot. We have to teach them because they don't know any different and need to learn to listen to their little bodies.

2. Make them help clean up messes. If they pee in their panties/undies, then they can take them off. This was a big deal breaker for my daughter. She didn't want to touch the mess, so I think it really helped with association. And as long as you don't get mad, you are teaching them that cleaning up after their mistakes is just a part of life. You won't always be there to do it for them, so best to teach them early.

3. Routine. Being pregnant I have to go more often, so anytime I have to go - I just take my daughter with me. I could never find a good app I liked that would regularly remind us, and I will admit, I was bad about remembering. But now her little body tells her when she has to go because she got use to going on the potty.

4. Ditch the Diapers. You will have to clean up some accidents, but they will feel less comfortable, so they end up paying attention to their body better.
5. Be prepared to clean up a lot of messes and be prepared to not fully ditch the diapers at night for a while. Everyone I have talked to said night time potty training was the hardest. And beside the fact that your little one's bladder may not be ready (like my daughter), sometimes accidents just happen.

GoodNites Underwear help them maintain a sense of privacy and self-esteem until your child outgrows bedwetting. With GoodNites Underwear, there’s no need for a child to worry about wet sheets and other disruptions.
Although GoodNites Underwear are the most absorbent pants for boys and girls ages 4 and up, Sweet Pea has always been moved up in size because of tendency to be a heavy wetter. I recommend GoodNites for night time potty training if you have an older child, larger child, or your child is like mine and is a heavy wetter because they specially made to protect while lying down, they help keep pajamas and bedding dry all night long and feature plush comfort with a discreet design
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Potty Training a Toddler: Staying Dry At Night

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Sweet Pea is a heavy wetter and although she is dry during the days now (even at nap time), she still has nightly accidents. We have tried everything. Restricting liquids near bed time, which seems to help but being that it's summer and it can get hot in her room - plus we have a tendency to stay up late on the weekends and with fall ball season starting up, I don't see that working out. We also tried waking her up to potty, before I didn't like doing this because I would get so tired the next day, but now that I am pregnant, getting up at night is part of our regular routine, so this has helped the most. But it is a comfort to know that she has her GoodNites.
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Sweet Pea was so excited as soon as we opened the package. She loves the Disney Fairies so the GoodNites girl's design was right up her alley. I love the way GoodNites fit perfectly under her night clothes and look just like big girl underwear.
Not only if you visit GoodNites.com can you get a $2 off coupon, but you can also sign up for the undercover mission for the chance to win weekly prizes. The GoodNites Facebook page under Mission Control has a way to engage in conversations around bedwetting and receive honest advice in a private, trusting parent-to-parent environment.
What makes this community so rewarding is knowing that I am not the only parent going through this and that I can get help and advice from others who have been through this before me.
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#FuelABetterYou With Nutrisystem®

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The Nutrisystem Fuel A Better You Sweepstakes is brought to you by Nutrisystem. I have been remunerated to promote the sweepstakes.
Nutrisystem has been helping America lose weight for over 40 years. Through Nutrisystem’s comprehensive program, they’ve remained at the forefront of the weight loss industry.
Nutrisystem paved the way for a new breed of weight loss companies with the introduction of live counseling by phone or online, replacing traditional customer visits to centers, and creating a new way for people to deal with weight issues privately.
By delivering quality food and meal programs directly to customers’ doorsteps, Nutrisystem provides a convenient way to learn how to lose weight and live healthier. And with over 150 perfectly portioned® entrees and snacks on the menu, you’re sure to find all of your favorites. They also offer vitamins, supplements, cookbooks and a host of other tools created to maximize weight loss success.
And right now, Nutrisystem is giving YOU the opportunity to Fuel your goals. Fuel your greatness.
All users have to do to enter the Nutrisystem Fuel A Better You Sweepstakes, is visit the sweepstakes tab on the Nutrisystem Facebook Page, fill out the entry form and press the enter button to submit their entry.
Prizes for the Nutrisystem Fuel A Better You Sweepstakes include: Four (4) Winners will receive one Nutrisystem® Select® program with 28 days of food products delivered to their door and One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive one Nutrisystem® Select® program, with 28 days of food products delivered to their door and five hundred dollars ($500) cash!
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Sneeze with White Cloud & Children's Miracle Network

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When you reach for a tissue box, you probably don’t stop to think about the story behind it: how it was designed, how it was made, or who designed it, and who made it.
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New White Cloud® Facial Tissue boxes might make you stop and think.
Adorned with bright colors, polka dots, sunshine and lions, the new designs weren’t created by just any old artists. They were imagined and illustrated by three talented kids at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®.
Children's Miracle Network gives money to local hospitals that are part of their network. The hospitals know where the need is greatest and decide how that money is best spent. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals funds are often used to purchase equipment and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of CMN mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.
White Cloud teamed up with CMN Hospitals in January and asked the kids receiving treatment there to design the new White Cloud Facial Tissue boxes. The top 10 submissions were posted to the White Cloud Facebook Page where fans had the opportunity to vote for their favorite design.
The three designs that received the most votes are coming to life on White Cloud Facial Tissue boxes and became available for sale for a limited time beginning May 24 through this month. You can find out where you can purchase these exclusive boxes at White Cloud Store Locator. White Cloud is also going to make a $15,000 donation to each of the winning artist’s hospitals. How amazing is that?!
In the up coming July issue of All You Magazine, you will be able to find a $0.75 off coupon for White Cloud. You can also follow along on the White Cloud Twitter Page and the White Cloud Pinterest Page as well.
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Good Hands for the #GoodLife

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Allstate for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Having a baby can bring so much joy, but sometimes it can bring fear and uncertainty as well. I was 24 when I had my daughter. I was out of a job and we were down to one income. Scared out of my mind on how we were going to make ends meat, I started thinking of every thing I could do to bring in extra money, while looking for a job that could some how fit around my hubby's very busy and chaotic schedule.
I started couponing and only shopping sales, we held a yard sale, and now I watch my friend's daughter as well. With help from my in-laws, we have been able to make it through the hump and with my husband's recent promotion, we are now living comfortably. It was hard for a while, but worth every minute. We learned so much and over came all the obstacles.

Allstate’s “Good Hands for the Good Life” is new and different for an insurance company. Allstate Good Life has a voice of optimism and celebration vs. fear. The Allstate brand commercial tells the story of how there are risks everywhere, but we as people don’t let it hold us back from making our lives good. Allstate is an insurance company who works everyday to help build more good in the lives of their customers.
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Allstate believes that the notion of the Good Life is inherently social; it is already taking place in people’s natural social conversations and now Allstate has permission to join in because they are an insurance company who creates more good vs. take care of the bad.
How have you triumphed over adveristy, fear, or doubt? Please feel free to share your stories with me.
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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of VISIT FLORIDA for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
I love going to Florida every year with my family. Our yearly tradition of heading down to Florida started the summer before Sweet Pea was born. That year we went down there for my sister-in-law's wedding. I was thirteen weeks pregnant and had terrible morning sickness, but we got to swim with jelly fish and we had a blast!
SweetPea's first vacation was in Florida. It is where my husband and I said I do. I have vacationed in Florida for as long as I can remember. My favorite vacation was when I was eighteen and I finally got to see Disney World for the first time.
My dad took us to Bike Week one year and we were so out of place. We love to ride go karts and go play miniature golf each year. My husband and his dad play real golf, while us girls visit the shops. I couldn't imagine my life without the memories I have made in that wonderful state. That is why I am so excited to share this awesome opportunity with all of you.
Can you believe that 500 years ago, Ponce de Leon first explored Florida? Yup, in 1513 paving the way for 500 years of exploring the Sunshine State by billions of visitors from all around the world. And what better way to celebrate 500 years, than to give away a trip every week in 2013?
VISIT FLORIDA sweepstakes
Enter the Florida’s 500 Years of Adventure Sweepstakes for a chance to win a new Florida adventure every week through the year! Each week they’ll be giving away exciting Florida adventure packages that include rental car, hotel accommodations, and other exciting “what to do about town” activities!
Be sure to follow VISITFLORIDA on Twitter to keep up with the latest Florida adventures.
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