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Friday, September 15, 2017

KEEP Collective x Disney Collection

*Disclosure: I received this Collection from KEEP Collective as a gift. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Remember this Instagram post I shared back in July? KEEP Collective has collaborated with Disney in the creation of a new collection, and it's a "match made in magic"! I LOVE this collection and wasted no time purchasing several of the keys for myself. When I was given the opportunity to receive the entire collection in order for review, I jumped at it. This collection couldn't be more "me" and I'll happily wear it to show off my #disneyside
Ya'll know how much I love beautiful packaging and these are so special. The Mickey embossed black/rose gold keeper comes in a gold foil red polka dot Minnie box and the keys come in a gold foil navy polka dot Mickey box. The boxes are keepsakes in and of themselves, and perfect for immediate gift-giving. Here is a peek at the KEEP x Disney Collection
I love the details of the Keeper – this inspirational quote, "If you can dream it, you can do it." and the Mickey-shaped silver ionic plating hardware. 
To personalize my Disney keeper I added a camera (obvi/ #photoglife), a key with two hearts, which represent my boys, and a 2016 key to commemorate our trip to Walt Disney World. My favorite Disney moment was getting to spend Christmas to New Years (the most magical time of year) at The Most Magical Place on Earth with our family. It was an incredibly special time together, filled with memories I hope to never forget!
I love, love, love how my Disney commemorative keeper turned out! It's a visual representation of all that I love about Disney and our visits to the parks over the years. I cannot wait to show it off! 
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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Style Up 4 School with OshKosh B'gosh + GIVEAWAY

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

It's my favorite time of year – "Back to School", and the unofficial start to fall. Can you believe how much Benjamin has grown since last year? Because I can't. Every August I take inventory of what he's grown out of and what he'll need for his wardrobe to get him through the end of the year. Year after year, Benjamin's favorite items come from OshKosh B'gosh. I love OshKosh because they offer great styles and quality children's clothing that can really be worn – all for affordable prices. On top of their already low prices, OshKosh frequently offers fantastic deals. 

I took advantage of one recently to put together three different looks for under $50! By styling these fun Camo Print Cargo Joggers with different shirts and shoes, he's able to wear them to church...
to play...  
...to explore, and learn.

You can find these adorable styles and more at your local store or shop online

Be sure to use this coupon for 20% off your purchase of $40 or more. 

Coupon Code: OKBG3352

To kick off the start of the school year, I'm offering a $50 gift card to one Love, Joleen reader! Must be 18 years old and live in the U.S. Good luck!

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Pengems Limited Edition Rainbow Collection

* Disclosure: I received this Collection from Pengems as a gift. This post contains affiliate links. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

The latest limited-edition Pengems Collection is here and it will make all your 80's-baby dreams come true! (Haha!) Seriously though, it's so colorful and fun! This Collection comes in two sets of 5 beautiful pens. I've got the Warm set and am dying to complete my collection. 
The Warm Rainbow set comes in the white gift box, and includes white, pink, red, orange, and yellow. The Cool Rainbow set comes in the black gift box, and includes black, purple, blue, teal, and green.
The VIP Pre-Release is today, Friday, August 25 and will be available through the VIP Newsletter. Each set is $45 and will include a foiled gift box and free mini notebook. Not a VIP yet? Visit the website and enter your email address to sign up. You'll be invited to join the private Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as enjoy pre-releases and other perks. 
The public release will be Monday, August 28. The pens will be sold separately until they run out of stock!

Use LOVEJOLEEN at checkout for 10% your order!  

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Nature Day Ideas and Wild Explorers Club


This post contains affiliate links.

Last year we adopted a weekly Nature Day as part of our Homeschool Preschool curriculum. If you've been looking into homeschooling you've likely spent some time researching Charlotte Mason, who found great value in the study of nature. I personally have always loved being out in nature and my hope is to share this love with Benjamin. Our weekly Nature Day is an opportunity to explore and lay a foundation for more formal science studies. But that's just one of 8 reasons to do a nature study, according to Simply Charlotte Mason
Here are some Nature Day ideas: 

  • Check your local Nature Center(s) or Audubon Society for Preschool and Homeschool programs. You don't necessarily have to be homeschooling to participate. Some classes take place on the weekend. We are lucky to have several options available to us in the Atlanta area. 

  • Start small (or short, in this case). Look up family-friendly trails in your area to explore. Benjamin is just getting used to the weight of his pack and I call it a success if he walks a mile without asking to be picked up.
  • Start a Nature Collection. Benjamin loves collecting rocks and has a pretty extensive rock collection. (It's doubled since this last photo.) It's basically his go-to souvenir when we go places. A friend sent him shells last year and then I brought him back a bunch of shells on my recent trip to the Outer Banks. We also keep various odds and ends from our Nature Day excursions, and this is my personal favorite of the collection. My advice is to bring something like these Learning Resources Handy Scoopers and a small bag for collecting. Once home, Benjamin studies his findings with his GeoSafari Jr. Microscope and large magnifying glass

  • A lot of times Benjamin wants to learn more about what he's found. These types of collections are a great invitation for curiosity. If you know you're headed to the beach to check out the tide pools, why not have books checked out from the library ready at home to learn more from. We keep our personal library stocked with nature guides and resources. We ask Siri and Google Home a lot of questions. *wink*

  • Keep a Nature Journal. Take a break from your exploring to sketch or paint, press leaves, make observations, etc. Benjamin sketched these wildflowers while we were outside but colored them at home. I looked up the name so he could label his drawing.
  • There are many great resources for ideas on how to incorporate nature into your everyday lives. One of my favorite online resources is Nature for Kids

For Christmas we put together a nature backpack for Benjamin and signed him up for Wild Explorers Club. "The program is divided into 10 animal-levels that represent 10 core values."

Here are the 10 levels of Wild Explorers Club:

Wolf - Embrace the Life of an Explorer
Bobcat - Be Relentlessly Curious
Bear - Learn New Things
Elk - Care For Others
Fox - Know How Things Work
Bison - Read Great Books
Beaver - See the Adventure in Everything
Owl - Discover Your Passion
Hawk - Make Awesome Things
Eagle - Travel to New Places

This is a self-directed program with weekly assignments delivered to your email. Many people form their own groups or do it on their own as a family. The recommended age for this program is 6+. We started when Benjamin was newly 4 and we help him complete each assignment to the best of his ability. It's definitely a program he can do again as he gets older. 

Spoiler alert – the first assignment is to put together a nature pack. I thought I would share a list of the supplies we got for Benjamin. I found many of these items on one of my favorite homeschooling blogs, Salty Tribe Co. It's also worth noting that we don't take everything with us on every outing. This is a smaller backpack (perfect for Benjamin's small frame) but it does pack full and can get pretty heavy! I recently purchased this hiking backpack for myself, so that I can carry my own things and a few of Benjamin's to lighten his load. 

As part of the club, you'll receive a monthly copy of Wild Explorers Club magazine. I honestly look forward to these each month. They contain beautiful, full-color photographs and creative writing on high-quality paper. They highlight badge assignments, share scientific facts, book reviews, highlight families, share ideas and Instagram photos of club members, highlight an Explorer of the Month, and include an Adventure Story. In May, they shared a photo of Benjamin off of Instagram in Hashtag Highlights. We were thrilled and honored when he was asked to share an Adventure Story for the July issue. Here is his two page spread, where he shares his adventure to Stone Mountain Park. So fun! 

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