Saturday, August 27, 2016

Franklin County Agricultural Fair 2016

September 14-17, 2016

10- RIDES: 14 rides, and a 50-foot ferris wheel is certain to keep your whole family entertained for hours!

9- COMPETITIVE EXHIBITS: Do you make a killer apple pie? A mouthwatering strawberry jam? Are your zucchini growing exceptionally well this year? Enter them in the fair! Be sure to stop by the Monday before the fair begins with your entries. Who knows? Maybe you'll win a ribbon and a cash prize! Note: There has been a new category added this year- Children's Artwork Ages Pre-K through 7th Grade.

8- PET AND LIVESTOCK SHOWS: Throughout the week different animals will be shown. Cows, sheep, goats, dogs, poultry, and small critters. Sign up now to show your favorite furry or feathered friend!

7- LADIES FRYING PAN TOSS: Note: this pan is NOT light. It is cast iron, so ladies, be careful! 

6- HANDSOME MAN CONTEST: Wash, trim, wax and style those mustaches and beards! You know you've wanted to show off your facial masterpiece for the county to see for a while now, so I say, go for it. 

5- K-9 FRISBEE DOGS SHOW: The Frisbee Dogs, will perform throughout the duration of the fair. Stop by and enjoy these amazing, acrobatic friends. And know, they love to invite participants from the audience. 

4- PETTING ZOO: Do your children adore animals? In addition to the livestock and small critters show, the Little Critters Traveling Petting Zoo will be set up for children of all ages to enjoy. 

3- BMX SHOW: One of my kids favorite events is the Dialed Action Sports Team. It doesn't matter which day you attend since the BMX bikers will be performing all four days. 

2- The HARVESTER STAGE: A wide variety of professional bands will be performing on the stage throughout the event ranging from gospel to bluegrass to folk. Additionally, an open stage will be available to past and present residents of Franlin County in fifteen minute slots, pre-registration is required. 

1- RIDE THE COOL BUS: If you homeschool like we do, then it's possible that your kids rarely, if ever, find themselves inside of a school bus. What's better than a school bus? The TNT Auto Body Cool Bus! Park across the street and travel in style in one of the shuttles. If you're lucky, the shuttle you grab might be the legendary Cool Bus. 

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Hope to see you there!

Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by the Franklin County Agricultural Fair. All opinions stated here are my own. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Probiotics for Acne and Digestive Regularity {Nexabiotic Review}

Nexabiotic is a powerful probiotic formulated with 23 probiotics that help develop a healthy gut, which is key to your overall health. 

Our bodies should have a healthy, normal, balance of probiotics naturally but, because of the food we eat, our bodies are simply out of wack. Not only is this because much of the food presented to us is void of nutrition but also because of the antibiotics that are pumped into them. Personally, I am not a fan of antibiotics and rarely use them on my own accord. 

Unfortunately, during my last pregnancy, I had several issues that led me to the decision to finally cave in and go on antibiotics. Big mistake. My body has been completely messed up this past year and I believe that the few weeks of antibiotics had a large role to play in all of this.

The problem with antibiotics is, that it not only kills the bad bacteria in your body but the good as well. If all the good bacteria is killed off then not only is the target area affected but your whole body can be affected too. Over the past year I tried three different types of probiotics in hopes that things would get back to normal and Nexabiotic has balanced things out the most of these three. The main issues I was having were UTI's and yeast infections. It was a constant, continuous issue since the day my baby was born. Ten months and piles of probiotics later, no hope. Thankfully, the strands found in these probiotics is exactly what my body needed and I have seen a significant change and these issues are no longer plaguing me!

Another benefit that I have noticed in using these probiotics is the increased energy that I have. I do not consume caffeine and am fine without it but when I take these probiotics I feel as though I just had an entire pot of coffee. I wake up wide eyed and ready to face the day. My house has never been cleaner. Seriously, I have so much more energy in the mornings. The only negative effect that I have seen is that I do get the same crash that I used to get midday when I was on caffeine. When I am not on the probiotics I don't need a nap midday but when I am on them, I have noticed that I am exhausted in the afternoons. Hopefully this will even out in time because these are the best probiotics that I have tried. Honestly, the benefits outweigh any of the negative effects any day. It is recommended that you take the probiotics twice a day. I started off slow with once and have gradually added in my second dosage. When I first started it I noticed some headaches but from experience with other probiotics I knew this was normal. After a few days the headaches stopped and I began noticing increased energy.

Nexabiotic also provides capsules for infants and toddlers. These capsules are extremely easy to use. You simply twist open the capsule and pour into your child's bottle or mix in with their food. My baby didn't seem to know that I was sneaking the probiotics into his bottle. It didn't compromise the taste or flavor at all because he would finish his bottle without any complaint. It is suggested to give it to them once a day. 

In addition to the adult and infant capsules, I also had my children try the kid's capsules. Fortunately these are chewable since my kids have a hard time swallowing capsules. They are small, flavorful and easy to get down. My daughter loves the flavor and always wants to have more than one a day. To her it's like candy. My oldest son was not a fan but he hates anything medicine or vitamin related anyways. But, it's not to the point where he'll refuse to take them, he just makes sure to let me know he is not enjoying it. My middle son is pretty nonchalant about it. If I ask him to take it, he'll comply.  

Overall, I am pleased with the results of Nexabiotic and plan on purchasing more of this specific probiotic when my bottle runs out, which is saying a lot because I didn't do that with the other ones that I have tried!

Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by Brandbacker and Nexabiotic. All opinions stated here are my own.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Clean Slate

The school buses are practicing their routes, teachers are busy attending teacher work days, and school supplies are flying off the shelves faster than they can be restocked! A rejuvenating feeling is... READ MORE AT OUR HOMESCHOOL FORUM.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

BIC® XTRA-Fun #2 Pencils with Stripes {Review}

Who knew #2 pencils could be so fun? Apparently Bic did. They knew because they delivered. Bic has created XTRA-Fun #2 pencils with stripes that have lit up my kids faces. When my kids saw pencils in their favorite colors you would have thought it was Christmas morning. Seriously. There is just something about new school supplies, especially in the homeschooling realm since we don't stock up in the fall as traditional schools do. 

When we received these in the mail they were super excited. Immediately I laid down the rules. No biting off erasers, keep them in a place you will remember and no "borrowing" from each other. Am I a strict mom, or what? Ha, ha. You kind of have to be with elementary aged students though, especially with pencils. If not then the kids end up losing them and handing in papers completed in pen, marker, crayon, lipstick, etc.

I love that these packs come in a variety of colors. This way, each kid knows exactly which pencil is theirs and there is no confusion or arguing over whose pencil is whose. Not that my kids have ever argued over something as petty as pencils before, (shaking head in shame.)

We've been using these pencils for a few weeks now and the kids are still huge fans. They love the colors and they love the elasticity. Even though they are wooden pencils, they somehow bend. Seriously, they don't break, at least not easily and my kids love this!
I personally love the colors, design and how they feel in your hand when you use them. These fun pencils are sure to be a hit with kids everywhere! Pick up a pack for your kids today!

Disclaimer: I received this product free from Bzzagent. All opinions stated here are my own.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Modern Potluck {Review}

Kristin Donnelly has outdone herself with the entertaining cookbook, Modern Potluck. From the front cover until I turned over the last page, I was impressed with the variety and quality of the recipes provided. Pleasing a crowd has never been easier with appetizers to share to 9 x 13 casserole dishes to devour. 

I certainly have my go-to dishes that I will bring to a potluck and I am embarrassed to admit that they are not of the most healthy variety. I usually go with a boring dish such as baked mac and cheese. I might spice it up a little and make buffalo chicken dip but again, it is certainly not the healthiest dish out there. 

This cookbook provides healthy and tasty recipes that I look forward to trying. She has divided the book up into the following categories:
  • Snacks, Dips and Drinks
  • Main Course Salads and Other Room Temperature Dishes
  • Slow Cooked and Served Hot
  • The 9 x 13 inch Pan: Casseroles and Like
  • Supporting Role Salads and Sides
  • Baked and Savory
  • Sweets
  • Condiments and Other Things In Jars
I appreciated the pictures in the book and my only complaint is that I wish there were more! It is always inspiring to see the finished product. Some of the recipes I look forward to preparing are the Chinese Chicken Salad, Grilled Corn Salad and Phoebe's Moroccan-Inspired Shepherd's Pie! I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to branch out into the more healthier options for potluck goodies!

Disclaimer: I was provided this book free from Blogging For Books. All opinions stated here are my own.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Fear Not

Our church had a baby boom when I was pregnant with my first. I attended baby showers, back to back, for months. Pregnant, hungry and emotional, I remember talking to veteran homeschool moms over cake and coffee at a shower. Determined to homeschool from read more at Our Homeschool Forum.