Nat Geo Kids: Kids Almanac Review & Explorer Academy Preview With A Giveaway

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A Classic Favorite

As a kid I remember looking forward to Library days in school. It meant a new chapter book for the week and a chance to read the latest edition of National Geographic for Kids after checking out my books. I always enjoyed watching National Geographic on our local PBS station with my family on the weekends. It made it possible to travel the world through our television from the comfort (and safety) of our living room. National Geographic has been a household name for as long as I can recall and I’m thrilled to have been able to share this experience with my kiddos.

The National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019 is chalk full of amazing information for school aged kids. It’s a fun resource to inform and educate children on the world around them. This almanac came packed with more than 500 vivid pictures, fun games, jokes, and activities, quizzes, homework help, and updated maps and reference materials.

The Kids Almanac always includes their mind bending Weird-But-True facts, incredible animal stories, and new places to see. Did you know that a peanut isn’t actually a nut at all? Or that bees visit about five million flowers to make one average-size jar of honey? That’s a lot of flowers for just a little honey!

Haylee absolutely loves animals and really enjoys the Amazing Animal Facts and pictures. Noah is our little history, mathematics, and science buff. He enjoys reading up on anything historical and learning about how things work. He’s constantly computing numbers. Noah genuinely loves learning about everything. Haylee is more artistic and enjoys taking in all of the pictures and drawing. She was super excited to see the Lions Forever Almanac Challenge! You can read more about that here to learn how your kiddos can enter, too!

An All-New & Interactive Explorer Experience

The twins are really into reading new chapter books right now. I’ve challenged them to read a new book each week. They’re only required to read a book a month and then do a book report on it at the end of each month. When our National Geographic Kids book set arrived, they were already in the middle of their book reports for the month of September. They couldn’t wait to dive in to a new adventure! Noah and Haylee both wanted to read Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret. This new series is perfect for kids age 8-12. It’s fact-based fiction inspired by the real-life experiences of true National Geographic explorers adventures and their work.

I had to have them wait until their September book reports were completed and turned in and for them to be back from their dad’s house before I could let them dive in. The anticipation has been growing! During their much anticipated wait, Noah and Haylee checked out the all-new Explorer Academy website. The twins enjoyed watching the book trailer, preview the characters the were about to read about, and enjoyed the challenge of the code breaking game. To celebrate the launch of Explorer Academy you can enter to win a spectacular ship-based experience! The grand prize is a family trip for four to Alaska’s Inside Passage from National Geographic Expeditions. You can enter the sweepstakes at exploreracademytrip.com

Noah previewing the video for the new Explorer Academy Series.

Checking out the characters of The Nebula Secret before diving into the new book!

This fiction-based series is compiled after real-life National Geographic Explorers!

Trying his hand at Crack the Code.

Perfect For The Whole Family

Our family had a great experience with these new books. They provided hours of educational and informative information not only for our older kids but for our whole family! With Fall now here and some days surprising us with unpleasant weather, National Geographic Kids books offer a healthy dose of fun without screen time. Parents can feel good about their child spending an afternoon on an amazing, new adventure! These would also make great gifts for school-aged kids. Expand their minds and opportunity to learn and grow with the always amazing National Geographic Kids! Or try an extended gift-giving experience with the new Explorer Academy seven-part series.

A huge thank you to Moms Meet and National Geographic Kids for sending us these wonderful books that our whole family is still enjoying!

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Organic & Responsibly Sourced Hair Care Products

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links. 

For the past six months I have been on a journey to transition all of my conventional beauty products over to nontoxic or green beauty products. My hair care products were still conventional as I was using up what I had around the house. That’s why I was thrilled when Moms Meet sent me Desert Essence Anti-Breakage Shampoo and Conditioner!

Mommy Hair, Don’t care

As a mom of three my locks have been through the ringer. Fluctuating hormones and years of coloring and heat damage have absolute killed my hair. Summertime definitely doesn’t help between time in the sun and pool. My poor hair looks frizzy and frazzled. I feel that I’m reduced to living on dry shampoo and that Mom-Bun life just to save my locks from more damage.¬†Have no fear my mommy friends. At last there’s a clean solution for those tired tresses that you can feel good about!

Summer days out in the sun and in the pool have damaged those sweet little goldie locks.

The Anti-Breakage Shampoo and Conditioner did wonders on my oldest daughter’s hair as well! I’m not able to monitor her hair care routine on the weeks she goes to her dad’s house so I was astonished at the difference this shampoo made on her hair even with one wash. With a blend of¬† Biotin and Pro-Vitamin B5, this anti-breakage shampoo¬†and conditioner is rich in Jojoba and coconut oils. This unique formula helps smooth hair and minimize breakage by up to 61%.¬† The natural scent is very pleasant and leaves our hair smelling wonderful rather than a typical chemical or synthetic smell.

Dessert Essence Anti-Breakage Shampoo & Conditioner have made this girl’s hair soft and healthy!¬†

Since having children, my hair has changed dramatically. I used to have straw-straight hair but pregnancy hormones has make my hair wavy, kinky, frizzy, and flat on top. It now has a personality of it’s own and never does the same thing every time I wash. I’m usually left with blow drying my hair then straightening the crap out of it and it still looks parched. The Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner is an all-in-one product! My results are from letting my hair air dry. All I did was brush it every few minutes. That means less product, less time, less heat, and ultimately less damage for my hair! Woohoo, Mamas!

After one use of Desert Essence Smoothing Shampoo & Conditioner – hair was air dried and no other product was used! What a difference!

Sleek and straight Рno blow drying or straightening required! 

In addition to being great for my hair and the environment, I really appreciate how affordable these products are. Being a stay-at-home-mom on a budget it’s important to me that I find green beauty products that won’t break the bank. Just another reason why I fell in love with Desert Essence products! You can take 20% off Anti-Breakage and Smoothing Hair Care Products on dessertessence.com with the promo code¬†DELovesMomsMeet.

One Great Company

Desert Essence is a company that I am proud to support. Since they were in 1978 Desert Essence has been on a mission to make a difference. Their products do not contain any artificial colors or fragrances. They are a certified B-Corp Corporation which means that they are committed to meet the highest standards of environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability. Desert Essence bar soaps contain 100% sustainably harvested palm and palm kernel oil. All of their products have biodegradable formulas and the packaging is recyclable. They use natural and organic ingredients from around the world. Desert Essence has also been certified by Leaping Bunny which means they do not believe in animal testing or ingredients used in making them. They also are a company that believes in giving back. 1% purchased from their Oil Blends and Restorative and Balancing Facial Oils is donated to impoverished girls to help them get access to education.

A huge THANK YOU to Moms Meet and Desert Essence for gifting me these wonderful products to try out and add to my list of go-to hair care products!

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How To Kick Your Snack Time Up A Notch

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Our Story

On our journey to a healthier and an ingredient conscious lifestyle I am constantly reading labels and on the hunt for better-for-you and green products. We’re slowly transitioning the products that we use and consume within our home. When we run out of a product, we replace it with one that is ethically sourced and contains honest ingredients. I can’t stress how important it is to me that I provide my family with only the best food and products.

With my husband having Type 1 Diabetes and other auto-immune diseases running in our families we avoid certain foods and definitely do not consume products with any additives, preservatives, and pesticides.

So when Moms Meet offered Once Again Nut Butter Amore Hazelnut Spread as a blogger review program I jumped at the opportunity and was thrilled when I was selected to participate!

Once Again Nut Butters

Once Again is a very special and unique company. Their founders shared a common belief in organic and sustainable farming. They’re an employee-owned company that “spreads integrity” and their logo comes from the adopted pet kits that were orphaned and living on the facility grounds. They fondly named one of those kits “Rocky”. The Once Again Family helped out the kits and later released them into the wild. To this day, Once Again is committed to donating their byproducts to local farmers and nature lovers who often feed Once Again Nut Butters to the wildlife.

Once Again holds a special place in my Mommy Book of Approval because they are certified organic, non-GMO, gluten free, and made with fair trade ingredients. These are some of the top things I look for before purchasing a new product.

hazelnut spread

I haven’t ever been a fan of Nutella. There’s just something about it that I simply couldn’t get myself to use it. You can imagine that I was probably a tad bit apprehensive to try a hazelnut spread but I have a rule to try everything at least once before claiming not to like it. Boy, was I¬†more than pleasantly surprised!

We were gearing up to go camping for the first time for the season and figured it would be an ideal time to try out the spread. I always pack quick and healthy foods when we go camping (with the exception of smores) and knew that Once Again Amore Hazelnut Spread would pair perfectly with apples and even celery.

Talk about knock your socks off! The creamy spread was like a decadent dessert consuming my mouth. The best part was that I didn’t feel guilty eating such a delicious treat! This is one hazelnut spread that I can feel good about eating and giving to my three kiddos.

But the goodness didn’t stop there. Noooo… When we finished dinner later that evening and pulled out the things to make smores we realized that we forgot to pack the chocolate bars. To our dismay, we were quite disappointed. I mean, c’mon. What is camping without SMORES, am I right??

As I grudgingly cleaned up dinner and put things away in the trailer, I spotted the hazelnut spread I had used earlier in the day. Remembering its cocoa-y goodness I thought to myself, “It’s made with cocoa; why not spread it on the graham crackers and and use it in place of chocolate bars?”

Now lets stop and talk about the components of a traditional smore for just a minute. You have the crispy graham cracker, the warm gooey marshmallow, the the hard chocolate bar. We keep ours in the freezer or ice chest so they don’t melt in the heat. I find smores absolutely delectable but awfully difficult and very, very messy to eat.

But the spread! That’s just it! I spread it on top of that graham cracker so neatly that it stayed in place and made for an even¬†yummier¬†smore than I could have ever imagined! I was so engrossed in making smore after heavenly smore that I forgot to take pictures of our newfound treats.

However, when we returned from camping, my twins dove right into the hazelnut spread with apples for an after school treat. I even whipped up some gluten free and regular brownie bites using Once Again Amore Hazelnut Spread. Those did not last one day in our house!

You can find the recipe at the bottom of this blog post. 

If you’re looking for a delicious treat or healthier alternative to conventional hazelnut spreads, Once Again Amore Hazelnut Spread is your go-to product! I was disappointed to learn that there aren’t retailers near me who carry Once Again Hazelnut Spread but I found it online! You can find them here.

The Amore Hazelnut Spread is new this year but you can snag all kinds of delicious nut butters depending on what you’re in the mood for:

Hazelnut Brownie Bites

  • 1/2 cup Once Again Amore Hazelnut Spread
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup of gluten free flour
  • 2 tablespoons of almond milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. Mix hazelnut spread and milk together.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat egg.
  4. Add egg to the hazelnut and milk mixture.
  5. Slowly add in the flour while mixing together by hand until ingredients are blended well.
  6. Fill liners 2/3 full.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove and allow to cool completely before serving.

Makes 6 brownie bites

What are your favorite ways to eat hazelnut spread? I’d love to hear your¬† ideas! Please share and comment below.

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