H&R Block Tax Software

H&R Block Tax Software

No better time to get a head start on your taxes.

  • Personalized tax advice
  • Maximize mortgage interest and charitable deductions
  • Sale of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds
  • One State program download included, a $39.95 value (State e-file available for $19.95 per return)

Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears!

Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears!

Super low price for this Learning resources Toy.

  • Different every time you build, this versatile, interconnecting gear set fosters imagination and provides opportunities to experiment with simple mechanics and science.
  • Supports STEM by introducing children to sorting, grouping, counting, designing, constructing, and putting physics into play with spinning gear movement. Learning gets more intricate as children’s abilities advance.
  • Boost fine motor skills while promoting reasoning and problem solving as children create moving experiments with spinning, colorful action.
  • 96-piece set includes 48 uniformly-sized gears in six colors: red, orange, yellow, green, and purple, 8 interlocking square base plates, 19 square pillars, 8 pillar extenders, 12 six-way axles, and Activity Guide.
  • Winner of 4 awards
  • Ages 3+
  • Gears! line of construction sets that builds confidence, perseverance, and self-esteem, arming kids with the real-world, early STEM-supporting skills necessary to prepare them for future success.

Illustrated Versions of Harry Potter

Illustrated Versions of Harry Potter

If you are looking for a fun gift for the holiday season for someone who loves Harry Potter then you might want to look at the beautifully illustrated versions of Harry Potter.

These two books are on sale for $23.99 and there is a promo code for HOLIDAYBOOK.

Sony Water-proof Headphones

Sony Water-proof Headphones

If you are looking for a pair of headphones to wear while swimming, then you should check out these SONY headphones. They are 68.00 and a great deal.

  • 4GB Sports Wearable MP3 Player, Waterproof: For use in salt & fresh water up to 2-meters deep, Sweat resistant, dust proof design endures through the toughest training conditions
  • Ergonomically designed for a secure fit and long-lasting comfort, Ambient noise function so you aren’t isolated from the world around you, Up to 12-hours playback
  • Drag & drop from iTunes for Mac or Windows, Playback MP3, WMA, AAC, and Linear PCM Audio Files, Supplied: USB dock, regular & swim earbuds (1set each), adjustment loop, Hi-Speed USB 2.0
Deal on Kitchenaid Mixer & Bosch Mixer

Deal on Kitchenaid Mixer & Bosch Mixer

I have been trying to decide for a long time what to replace my kitchenaid mixer with. The Bosch is supposed to be the best for baking challot, but not as good for everything else. And the 6 qt Professional Kitchenaid is supposed to be great. So today’s Amazon pricing on the Kitchenaid is great. It was $219.95 for the Red, Black, or Silver.

The Bosch Mixer with all the accessories is also on sale for $349.99. The widget, doesn’t seem to be working.

It’s a very difficult choice between the two.

Mistfit Flash CyberMonday Deal

Mistfit Flash CyberMonday Deal

It’s #CyberMonday and there are lots of deals to be had. My inbox is buzzing like crazy.

Here is a newer fitness tracker that you may not be aware of. The misfit.

Misfit Flash $11.99 – (Misfit)

  • Automatically tracks steps, distance, calories, and light and restful sleep
  • Splashproof disc with red LED progress and time display
  • Smart button enabled to control connected household devices
  • Wirelessly syncs with paired smartphone to upload data
  • Non-charging, replaceable battery lasts up to 6 months

Misfit Official Store: For a Limited Time, New Customers get $10 off all orders of $50 or more with coupon code “BEAMISFIT”. Shop Now!

Check it out!

Hacking (and Packing) School Lunches Part 2

Hacking (and Packing) School Lunches Part 2

My husband wrote about some of the thinking that went into our lunch planning with the kids. I figured I should write a follow-up blog about what our results were and some of the specific hacks we have used. I hope you will also share the ideas you come up with.

I created a Pinterest Board so I could save all the ideas that I have found on the internet. I am a visual person and there are so many great ideas. We went through the board with our kids and created our own list.

Here is the list we came up with:

Packing List for Kids' Lunches

We also set up time on Friday afternoons or Sundays to prepare as many snacks as possible for both Shabbat and the week. It may just mean taking down the box of pretzels from above the washing machine and dryer or it might mean packing individual bags for the week. We have the kids put together enough of the snacks that they want to eat during the week, so when they are prepping their lunches they can just pull the kinds of food they want.

We use EasyLunchboxes for the containers. It easily divides their container into three different areas and then they put their snacks for the morning and the afternoon on top of the container in their lunchbox. I think we will need to invest in at least one thermos for some of the new ideas that they have come up with.

Our older kids go to a school that is not nut-free. I have to say that this is amazing. I love the approach they have taken to having individual classrooms that school are nut free/sesame free. The lunch room, however, is not nut free. And its a real game-changer  for my 3rd grader who eats in the lunchroom. She is able to take carrots & hummus, a peanut butter sandwich, etc. It just adds to the variety of options she has. It also teaches her a lesson to be respectful of her peers and make sure her snacks or birthday treats follow the limitations of the rest of the kids in her classroom.

Please share the ideas you come up with.

Using Microsoft OneNote (a Digital Notebook) for Meal Planning for the Holidays

Using Microsoft OneNote (a Digital Notebook) for Meal Planning for the Holidays

Menu-planning has been sort of all over the place. We plan menus every week, but when it comes to holiday planning, we have never been really organized. Mostly we had planned our menus and created Google Docs for each year with links to recipes as needed or references to where to find the recipe in the cookbooks. I will tell you this has been totally messy and hard to find previous menus. Even typing menu into google doesn’t always bring up all of the documents.

In an effort to decrease clutter and focus some of our digital mess into a more organized fashion we have begun using Microsoft’s OneNote to website recipes clippings (I still do a bunch of it on Pinterest) and paper recipes. It’s our digital cookbook. We had scanned tons of stuff a while ago that’s just sitting on a Google drive and hard to search, so moving forward we have started adding them into the Microsoft’s OneNote

This year, we tried using OneNote during Passover for our meal planning and organizing. It was surprisingly awesome! We had just installed Microsoft Office 365 on our computers and phones. We didn’t get to everything in our plan and had to readjust because our oven died when I was cleaning it for the holiday, but it did help with the process. This probably could be done with Evernote too, but I haven’t ever use Evernote.

We created the plan and then we linked to the recipes that were in the notebook. We also created a shopping list on the side with check off boxes. Because I could access the shopping list, menu, and recipes all at the same time, it made shopping easy. I could go back to look at recipes if I wanted clarification or know if there was a specific type of ingredient that needed to be purchased and make the adjustments as I was shopping.

One of best parts of having recipes available through the web, computer, or mobile device is the access to them from anywhere. For the recipes we use all the time, we can add them to the notebook. An advantage of having them with us is we can plan a menu on the go and can quickly reference the recipe and add ingredients to our shopping list even when we are not home.

 

 

Baby led Weaning – Getting Started

Baby led Weaning – Getting Started

 

There are a lot of books, blogs, etc about doing Baby-led weaning (BLW), so this is not a definitive guide. This is basically a resource on how to get started and some of the tools you might need.

What is Baby-led weaning?

This is my explanation: It’s basically allowing your child to feed themselves by introducing foods after 6 months of age. There are a number of foods you can begin with, but begin with foods you can cook and make so soft that they can easily swallow the food. Here are a few examples:  Potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc.  You don’t wait to introduce new food and you basically allow the child to decide what and when they want to eat. Don’t worry about how much they are eating. By 7-8 months they should get the hang of it.

A benefit we saw is that our child was able to use utensils and a cup earlier. He had a lot of interest in different foods and while he is older now and a little bit more opinionated, he is still a pretty good eater and will try lots of stuff.

Don’t worry about a lack of teeth, they can figure out it out.

With baby-led weaning the child might gag, be sure you know the difference between gagging and choking.

And just one thing, it’s messy!

What do I need?

You don’t need to do anything special for baby led weaning. Just cook what you might already be cooking, but here are some of the things that were suggested that might be useful to you.

A mat for under the high-chair can be helpful to help contain the mess. You could easily use an old vinyl table cloth as well.

I love these Ikea Bibs. I have a bunch and have bought them for Passover and during the regular year. It’s clear which ones are for Meat meals and Dairy Meals. And they go right into the dishwasher.

The Mandoline was suggested as an easy way to cut the vegetables. I am so worried about cutting a finger off, but it really does speed up the process.

A friend of ours suggested these gloves to help protect your fingers.


This is the book about Baby-led weaning, but try your library, you might find a copy there. The recipes also has some great ideas.

Resources

Baby Led Weaning – Starting solids with foods straight from the dinner table!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2855840155/

https://www.facebook.com/babyled/

https://www.facebook.com/BabyLedWeaningRecipes/

 

 

 

Glider Deal

Check out this great deal on a glider from Amazon. It’s under $100 from Stork Craft.

  • Constructed of solid wood and wood products
  • Metal, enclosed ball bearings for a smooth glide
  • Made from plush, polyester/micro-fiber blend
  • Cushions are spot cleanable
  • Meets or exceeds US and Canadian safety standards; Coordinates perfectly with other Storkcraft furniture; Assembly required
  • This item is eligible for free replacement parts. Contact Amazon Customer Service for more information.

It’s a great glider for a budget.