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    Book Review: Little Chickies (Los Pollitos)

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    At 18 months, mini was in a Montessori school that taught English and Spanish. As someone who lost their Spanish fluency just due to lack of practice, I loved that she was immersed in a language that is sure to be used more often than not in our country. Most jobs ask if you’re bilingual and languages are important. Which is why I was so excited to get my hands on the Little Chickies by Canticos book.

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    Photo credit to www.thisoriginallife.com

    A Love For Reading

    My girls love reading. I’m not going to lie, I was worried about mini because she would clown me so much when I would review her sight words with her or try and sound things out, but now at 6 she’s in the advance readers program in her school and I couldn’t be more proud.

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    Photo credit to www.thisoriginallife.com

    And abc? Well if I need her to sit down then I just feed her books. There are moments where I’ll here her talking to herself only to walk in on her surrounded by books that she’s reading. Both their dad and I are lovers of books so the fact that this love has rubbed off is wonderful and it makes incorporating books that will ultimately aid in the teaching of a new language organic and easy.

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    Photo credit to www.thisoriginallife.com

    Little Chickies/Los Pollitos Book by Canticos

    We’ve all seen the books that are written in both Spanish and English. The Spanish is written either above or below the English words. These are cool but I love the design of the Little Chickies/Los Pollitos books. It’s a board book that has little chicks that pop up. Abc loooooooves this though she’s a little rough so I have to help her with the pop ups.

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    But the book folds out! The design of it is sheer genius. When you’re reading one side, it’s all in either Spanish or English but then you flip it over and then the book is in the other language. Here’s what I love about this: it forces you to retain the words in Spanish/English that you just read.

    When learning a new language, people say that you should watch the soap operas or read the magazines so that you can get a better feel of the context in which words are used, conjugated, etc. And this is exactly what this book does all while providing a sleek design and engaging pop-ups for kids.

    But it gets better…

    Little Chickies/Los Pollitos App

    In the app that compliments the book, the little chickies that were pop ups in the book come to life as the hatch and sing and dance! The kids get to crack the eggs on the screen (make sure your screen is protected first, ha!) and watch the little chickies hatch before engaging them in nursery rhymes in different languages.

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    The design of the app flawlessly compliments the book. You can tap on the little chickies and they peep out “Pio! Pio!” just like the pop-ups in the book.

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    As if the book and app weren’t good enough, they donate a portion of each purchase to provide books and learning apps to low-income families. Grab your book and app (it’s on Android & iPhone) and get your kids falling in love with an engaging and fun way to learn a new language!!! Check out Canticos to keep up with future releases: Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest YouTube

    Oh! Did I mention that I love my readers so much that I want to give you one?

    The TCM family loves reading and we are so excited to share one of our new favorite books with you--Little Chickies (Los Pollitos) PLUS a giveaway!

    The Little Chickies/Los Pollitos by Canticos Giveaway

    **Disclaimer: TCM has received some form of compensation for this post though all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. There may be affiliate links in this post which means that by clicking them, I may benefit from it.**

    3 Things To Do Before Having Your House Cleaned

    Having your house cleaned is an awesome treat for a mom. Whether you can afford for it to be done consistently or once in a while, make sure that you follow these 3 tips to make sure you're cleaning professionals are using their time most efficiently. Read more at www.thecrunchymommy.com.

    Having your home professionally cleaned is a luxury that everyone needs to treat themselves to at the very least annually. As a mompreneur, the things that I’ve come to love most are massages, time spent alone free to let my mind wonder, and a clean space. When you have children, it seems like you’re destined to have a messy home for at least 5 years straight until your youngest no longer walks around tossing things on the floor as if that’s where they belong. But I personally don’t like to have my life flash before my eyes every time my feet hit the ground shoe-less with the threat of hitting some figurine or Lego.

    But in order for you to really be able to have your house cleaned to the best of the professionals ability, there are a couple things you should do first. And yes, I am suggesting pre-cleaning before the cleaning professionals come!

    Having your house cleaned is an awesome treat for a mom. Whether you can afford for it to be done consistently or once in a while, make sure that you follow these 3 tips to make sure you're cleaning professionals are using their time most efficiently. Read more at www.thecrunchymommy.com.

    1. Make sure your sink and dishwasher are empty. I learned this the hard way the first time I had someone come in and clean. It sucked because they cost $60/hour and they spent like 45 min with the dishes. That day I could only afford the downstairs cleaned since I wasn’t dishing my life savings out on some dishes.
    2. Put your “things” away. I know, if you’re doing this then what are they coming for? Well here’s the thing, only you know where your lotions/perfumes/glasses/etc. go. They don’t. And if you opt not to do this, then you’ll open up the cabinet that houses the baking wares and find sippy cup tops or you’ll never be able to find all your fabric scissors. It’ll end up taking you more time to find your things than it would have for you to just put them away.
    3. Get a good playlist for when they come. Music while they work? Bananas right? But let’s face it, when it comes to housecleaning we all do better once we have some body rocking jams on. My personal favorite is the 90s Rump Shaker Chore List on Google Music but, well, I’m older ha! Some people might think it’s weird to put the music on for someone coming to do work in your home but I say why not? Mix it up and let them get into their groove.

    Having your house cleaned is an awesome treat for a mom. Whether you can afford for it to be done consistently or once in a while, make sure that you follow these 3 tips to make sure you're cleaning professionals are using their time most efficiently. Read more at www.thecrunchymommy.com.

    WellKept Cleaned My Home

    Having your house cleaned is an awesome treat for a mom. Whether you can afford for it to be done consistently or once in a while, make sure that you follow these 3 tips to make sure you're cleaning professionals are using their time most efficiently. Read more at www.thecrunchymommy.com.

    I was lucky enough to have WellKept come and clean my home from top to bottom recently. After battling with my asthma issues courtesy of allergies, the hubs getting strep throat, abc nursing a little cold, and then my poor mini battling through Hand, Foot and Mouth disease, mama needed some help in getting my home back in order. And boy did they do it!

    Having your house cleaned is an awesome treat for a mom. Whether you can afford for it to be done consistently or once in a while, make sure that you follow these 3 tips to make sure you're cleaning professionals are using their time most efficiently. Read more at www.thecrunchymommy.com.

    I’d set an appointment for the late afternoon once abc was up from her nap but they called saying they had availability earlier that worked with my schedule as well. Thirty minutes later, three young professionals arrived at my door ready to tackle the craziness that had become my life. I was so apologetic but they reassured me there was nothing to apologize for and that’s why they were here. I really liked how they worked–divide and conquer. Someone handled the kitchen, another did the bathrooms, and the third (who was running things) did the common areas. They were so professional and pleasant that I didn’t have anything to worry about when I ran out to grab abc from day care.

    Having your house cleaned is an awesome treat for a mom. Whether you can afford for it to be done consistently or once in a while, make sure that you follow these 3 tips to make sure you're cleaning professionals are using their time most efficiently. Read more at www.thecrunchymommy.com.

    Four hours later (don’t judge me), they were finished and I thought Cinderella had swooped in with her fairy godmother to whip my home into shape. It smelled so fresh and clean. Mini was running around (not touching anything) exclaiming “Mommy our whole house is cleaned!!!” I loved that when I took a deep breath, I didn’t feel like my lungs were filled with chemicals. The vacuum lines in the carpet smiled at me and my reflection in the clean mirror was extra shiny.

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    Satisfied is an understatement. From booking the appointment to the wrap up, the experience was one that was user friendly, professional, and convenient. I love that they offer both house packages as well as a la carte options. The pricing is awesome and I really love how they do it by room and not time. For just over $105, you can get a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house cleaned. How amazing is that?

    Having your house cleaned is an awesome treat for a mom. Whether you can afford for it to be done consistently or once in a while, make sure that you follow these 3 tips to make sure you're cleaning professionals are using their time most efficiently. Read more at www.thecrunchymommy.com.

    Now if you follow me on social media (you really should if you aren’t!) then you’ve seen me say that I’ll be doing a giveaway for a home package. On April 19th, I’ll be hosting a Twitter party where the package is one of the prizes that we’ll be giving away as we chat about tips and tricks for green living! All you need to do is RSVP here and join us at 9pm on Twitter! Just as an FYI, WellKept is only in Atlanta so you must live here in order to win.Having your house cleaned is an awesome treat for a mom. Whether you can afford for it to be done consistently or once in a while, make sure that you follow these 3 tips to make sure you're cleaning professionals are using their time most efficiently. Read more at www.thecrunchymommy.com.

    When was the last time you had your home cleaned? What pre-cleaning tips would you offer?

    Disclaimer: I received a form of compensation for a post about WellKept. All opinions and thoughts are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.

    #Giveaway Alert: MICROSOFT SURFACE 3

    Yay!!! It’s time for another giveaway!!! Be sure to mark your calendars for this:

    Giveaway Period: April 23 – July 22, 2015

    Here are the deets:

    this is NOT the surface being given away--this is just a picture of one similar to what is up to be given away

    this is NOT the surface being given away–this is just a picture of one similar to what is up to be given away

    Microsoft – Surface 3 – 10.8″ – Intel Atom – 64GB
    $499.99

    With the integrated Kickstand, the ability to run desktop software and touch apps, and a full-size USB port, Surface 3 is a perfect mix of innovation and practicality. As thin and light as it is, you’ll be amazed at all you can achieve with this device.

    Product Features


    10.8″ ClearType Full HD Plus Display – Makes navigation simple and presents media in rich detail.
    Windows 8.1 – Allows you to stay connected and productive.
    64GB storage capacity – Offers room for pictures, videos, music and more.
    Quad-core processor – Intel® Atom™ processor with 1.6GHz processor speed, up to 2.4GHz Burst speed and 2GB RAM for efficient performance.
    Wi-Fi – Allows you to connect to the Web while within range of an available wireless network.
    Bluetooth interface – Lets you wirelessly link with compatible Bluetooth-enabled devices.
    8.0MP rear-facing and 3.5MP front-facing cameras – Enable you to capture important moments to share with your loved ones.
    USB 3.0 port – Makes it easy to connect peripheral devices.
    Integrated kickstand – Allows you to prop up the tablet for a clear view of displayed content.
    Magnesium body – Creates a lightweight, yet durable, design.

    GUIDELINES/DISCLAIMER/RULES

    “NO PURCHASE NECESSARY” 18+ US only! Contest starts 04/23/2015 and Ends 07/22/2015 11.59pm EASTERN. Entry options: Join Bing Rewards. Prize: Microsoft – Surface 3 – 10.8″ – Intel Atom – 64GB. “The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.” Winners have 7 days to claim their prize. If potential Prize winner forfeits or does not claim the prize, prize will be re-awarded, at the advertisers sole discretion. All prizes will be awarded.

    Excited yet? Well you should be!!!

    Enter now in the sidebar to the right. Enter, share, and let’s have some fun!!!

    #SheaItAintSo #Giveaway Winner!!!

    We have a winner!!!!

    Ms. Tamika Robertson!!!!

    Tamika will be receiving the Shea It Ain’t So Gift Basket accompanied by an Amazon Giftcard.

    Two additional people will win a far of the whipped butter as well!

    Thank you to all who entered, shared, tweeted, and got the word out both about the giveaway and my site!