Halt Threads Shop Review

As you know I’m always on the look out for new and unique shops, that I love to share with you all! 

I was so lucky to come across Halt Threads and it’s amazing creator Tracey! Her shirts are adorable, great quality and super comfy.

She has a wide variety of styles and designs, but there was one thing I really noticed and loved. Every style was gender neutral. There are no “boys” or “girls” designs. She doesn’t forget about the Momma’s out there either! All of the designs are available in short sleeves, raglan and sweatshirt styles so your cool kids can rock their shirts all year long!  So many amazing designs and styles, makes it hard for this shopaholic mom to control herself! 

The shirts are also very affordable. I know that’s a huge factor when I’m looking for a place to shop! With this shop you won’t be spending a fortune but your kids will look like a million bucks!

 
Tracey was so kind and sent a shirt for Frankie to “review” little did we know that soon after the arrival of his new cool shirt, he would be making his first trip to the E.R. I guess she picked out the right shirt ha ha! 

 

The shirts themselves are super soft and comfortable. There were no complaints from the kid who likes to wear nothing but superhero shirts so I guess it gets the Frankie stamp of approval! 

It’s super easy to wash and the quality definitely holds up! No fading or shrinking at all (It’s already been through the wash multiple times and still looks brand new) It’s survived many a juice and paint stain. With this guy in school now his clothes definitely take a beating! 

I love supporting, small unique shops. I can’t even tell you how many compliments I’ve gotten on his shirt! If you want adorable, great quality and super cool shirts for your little ones (and you mamas too!) Check out Halt Threads http://haltthreads.storenvy.com 

Keep up with their latest designs, sales and shop updates on their Instagram account: https://instagram.com/haltthreads/

So happy to share this great shop with you! 

Check them out,

xo, Fran 

( I was sent this shirt at no cost for the purpose of review. As always these are opinions are my own and the truth.)
 
 

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Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie Stew

We’ve definitely been feeling the cold fall weather around here! 

You can feel that October chill in the air most mornings as we head off on our school run. On those chilly days I’m in desperate need of some cozy comfort food.

Not to mention, enjoying a delicious hearty meal without slaving at the stove all day is definitely a plus! 

Serve this soup with some buttery biscuits or homemade rolls and you have a delicious fall dinner, sure to warm you up on these cold fall nights.

 

Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie Stew

  • 2lbs chicken breast, cut into cubes. (Boneless, skinless)
  • 2 1/2 Cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 3 Cups potatoes cut into cubes
  • 2 cans of condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 Cup water
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch 
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parsley for garnish (optional)
  1. Place chicken in the bottom of your crockpot
  2. Add frozen vegetables.
  3. Add potatoes.
  4. Top with cream of chicken soup and one cup of water.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Stir all ingredients together, set crockpot on high and cook for 6 hours.
  7. After about 3 hours ( when your soup is simmering) add your cornstarch. This will help your soup thicken up. Cover and continue cooking. 

Serve warm, topped with parsley or some shredded cheddar cheese (as per Frankie’s request!)

Enjoy this quick and easy comfort food, and stay warm on these chilly nights.

xo, Fran 

Making Learning Fun ! Curiosity Pack: Letters Review

With Frankie starting Kindergarten this year, it was really important to me that he be well prepared. We practiced his numbers, colours and letters almost daily. 

He would soon get bored, lose interest and want to stop. By the time September rolled around we were prepared, but I really wished things had been easier. 

I came across Curiousity Pack one day while on the instagram . Their cute little monsters grabbed my attention right away. A lot of new products like to claim to make learning easier and fun, and I’ll tell you the truth…. They don’t ! They lose their novelty pretty quickly, being tossed aside in the VERY large pile of workbooks and games we have in our living room! 

I contacted Lily, the creator Curiousity Pack to learn more about her products and she generously sent me a Letters pack for Frankie and I to review! 

First a little background on Lily.

She makes it her life’s mission to inspire a love of learning. After 7 years of teaching kindergarten and first grade she had her daughter and realized the power of parents! 

“I believe that parents make the biggest difference in the lives of our children. We have the powers to inspire and help our students persevere to learn, grow and accomplish great things”

She stands by what I have always said, learning starts at home. When you read, write, sing songs, colour, or play games with your child. They are learning. You are building the foundation for their schooling, and giving them a great head start. 

When we received our pack, I would have to say I was just as excited as Frankie was! 

  
Our kit contained:

  • All about letters activity book
  • Alphabet card game
  • Alphabet poster
  • Laminated hide-and-seek alphabet picture and marker

First of all how cute does it look?!

Right away Frankie couldn’t wait to dive into it. (Already a great sign!)

The kit also comes with some instructions and ideas on how to use everything. It has some fun game ideas, but I love that these products are so versatile that we were free to make things up as we went along! 

The laminated hide and seek page was the first thing we did. Frankie found all of the letters pretty quickly. I thought it would have been a “one shot” kind of thing, but he now loves to do it over and over again trying to do it faster each time! 

  
The work book has so many fun matching and drawing games. It also includes tradition letter tracing, (which Frankie used to hate doing most of all!) He now does them no problem! The instructions explain the technique to drawing the letter, and the sound each one makes so easily! There’s no more “I can’t do it, I don’t know how!” The instructions lay it out perfectly while still making it fun. It feels more like a game than a lesson.

Now to Frankie’s favourite part of the pack, The cards! 

He loves those little monsters and the crazy things they’re doing!

  His Favourite game goes like this:

  1. Separate the cards into two piles, one with all of the letters one with the monsters.
  2. Spread the monster out face up onto the floor.
  3. As you go through the letter cards match up the letter to the object the monster has in the picture. (M – magnifying glass, R- rainbow)
  4. continue until all of the cards are gone.

This is just one of the ways you can use these cards, the possibilities are truly endless. I’m being completely honestly when I say, Frankie’s asks to play with these cards everyday after school! 

I really wish we would have come across Curiousity Pack sooner. 

Even though Frankie already knows his letters, this pack is helping him continue his learning and have fun. We’re moving on to the sounds the letters make and perfecting our writing skills. This pack will definitely go a long way! 

To learn more about Curiousity Pack and Lily visit http://www.curiositypack.com

For every 10 packs sold one will be donated to a child in need! How great is that? 

You can also keep up to date on all of the latest news by following them on Instagram: https://instagram.com/curiositypack/

If you want to try out this fun new way to learn, Lily is making it even more irresistible! (As if those adorable monsters weren’t making you love it already!)

She’s offering  30% off any order to my readers! 

Type in the code: HHLOVE  at check out from the Curiousity Pack store: http://www.curiositypack.com/catalog/

I love spreading the word to fellow parents about new products that our family loves! Curiousity  Pack is definitely one of our new favourites! 

xo, Fran 

(I was sent this product at no cost for the purpose of review. As always these opinions are my own and true.) 


Hello Fall!! (Family Update) 

Fall is definitely here! 

The days of warm dewy mornings, have now been replaced by chilly morning walks to school! 

With the fall also comes the return of our fun family traditions! We took our annual trip to the apple orchard and had a blast filling our bag up with apples. (While sampling some along the way of course!)

 

We also got to celebrate the Engagement of my little sister last month! It was a beautiful brunch to celebrate an amazing couple! The kids had a great time, Emilia especially loved the pancakes! I love how our family is growing and changing with all of these new celebrations. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for these two! 

 

 September also brought Mike’s birthday! We celebrated by going out for dinner with family and enjoying cake at his parents house. Of course he had a few “helpers” when the time came to blow out the candles! 
  
To top the month off, Mike and I also got to have a date night! I honestly don’t remember the last time we were out without the kids. It was a beautiful and fun night out at a friend’s wedding. Definitely long over due grown up time. (It’s always nice to enjoy a meal while it’s still warm, once and a while at least!) It’s also nice to get dressed up, I’d say we clean up pretty well lol! 

 

As October arrives I can’t wait for pumpkin patch trips, thanksgiving and of course Halloween! 

That’s a little of what we’ve been up to around here. There’s so much more fun to come! 

xo, Fran