Amazon All-time low on LED Aerogarden

Amazon All-time low on LED Aerogarden

We have had an aerogarden for several years. It’s pretty easy to grow all sorts of herbs or vegetables. Now that it’s getting colder and harder to grow things outside this is a great item to add to your house and grow veggies, plants, or herbs.

  • Garden year-round. Grow fresh herbs, vegetables, salad greens, flowers and more in this smart countertop garden.
  • Up to 7 plants can be grown at a time. Plants grow in water…not soil. Advanced hydroponics made simple.
  • High-performance, full spectrum 30-watt LED lighting system is tuned to the specific spectrum that allows plants to maximize photosynthesis, resulting in rapid, natural growth and abundant harvests.
  • Interactive LCD screen control panel tells you when to add water, reminds you when to add patented nutrients (included), automatically turns lights on and off and provides timely tips and on-screen help functions.
  • Includes 7-Pod Gourmet Herb Seed Kit that contains: Genovese Basil, Thai Basil, Thyme, Mint, Curly Parsley, Chives and Dill & 3 oz. patented nutrients (enough for a full season of growth)

If you see it for $139, then it’s at it’s an all-time low.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Birthday Gift Ideas

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I find that some parts of the year there is a birthday party every weekend. So I have been looking at a variety of options for birthday gifts. Here are some I have found.

Stomp Rocket (8+)



  • Kid-powered: You stomp on the launch pad to send these Ultra Stomp Rockets up to 20 stories high — that’s 200 feet in the air!
  • Winner of the Dr. Toy Award, iParenting Media’s Hot Toy Award, Preferred Choice Award, and iParenting Media’s Excellent Product Award
  • Includes a Stomp Launch Pad and 4 foam-tipped Ultra Stomp Rockets
  • No batteries required
  • Super easy, fast assembly
  • Ages 8 and Up
 
Lego Vehicle Transporter



  • Features a tilting cab that reveals a detailed engine, folding trailer ramp for vehicle access, large exhaust stacks, warning beacons roof spotlights
  • 3-in-1 model: rebuilds into a tow truck towing a yellow car, or a mobile crane
  • Vehicle Transporter measures over 2″ (6cm) high, 9″ (25cm) long and 1″ (5cm) wide
  • Tow truck measures over 2″ (6cm) high, 6″ (16cm) long and 2″ (7cm) wide
  • Mobile crane measures over 1″ (5cm) high, 7″ (18cm) long and 2″ (6cm) wide
Soda Can Robot (8+)

  • The 4M Soda Can Robug teaches the value of recycling by repurposing a used can into a fun and functional robot.
  • No special tools or knowledge required; the kit contains detailed instructions and all the necessary parts. Just add a used soda pop can and let the fun begin.
  • Perfect for young science enthusiasts, especially those with an interest in robotics and green science.
  • Requires two AAA batteries (not included).
  • Recommended for ages 8 years and up.
  • Challenge your child’s imagination with 4M toys and kits.
  • 4M educational toys cover a wide range of educational subjects and include science kits, arts and crafts kits, robotics kits, and more.
  • 4M offers a wide range of toys and kits to let you build a clock, crochet a placemat, or turn your room into a planetarium–all in the name of making learning fun.
 
Snapcircuits (7+)


  • Electrical parts provide students grades 2 and up (age 7+) with hands-on experience designing and building models of working electrical circuits
  • Snap-together parts require no tools and ensure correct connections
  • Includes 30 parts, and instructions for over 100 projects, including working models of a photo sensor, a flashing light, and an adjustable-volume siren
  • Requires 2 AA batteries (sold separately)
  • Awards: The National Parenting Center-Seal of Approval, Dr. Toy 100 Best Children’s Products, Dr Toy Best Educational Products
  • Valuable component to a rounded STEM curriculum
  • Build working models of a photo sensor, a flashing light, and an adjustable-volume siren. More than 100 exciting projects in all with included 30+ snap together parts
  • Electrical components provide students ages 8+ with hands-on experience designing and building models of working electrical circuits
  • Clear and concise illustrated manual included and available online
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