Monday, September 30, 2013

Chasin' Cheeky Party!

Chasin' Cheeky Playdate Party!

I was given the fun opportunity to throw a Chasin' Cheeky Playdate party at my house!  We had the NEW Cheetos with White Cheddar there too!  Those were a hit!  What kid doesn't love Cheetos?  We were given Hi-Ho Cheeryo as well as the New Memory game!  We had snacks galore and A LOT of happy children....and parents!

Cheeky is quite the cute little monkey!  He was a HUGE hit!  Everyone took turns playing with him!  Since there are only two colors on his tail, you can really only have two people play, or two teams play....but I found it was easier with just two people otherwise heads start to get bonked....and that is never fun.

We started in the kitchen....but I have a small kitchen.  So we headed outside where the weather was outstanding!  First we let Cheeky take a look around....
Then we started with the first players....

The kids would run around and put the correct color ring for their "team" on Cheeky's tail.  some of these pictures they are kneeling down.  They would do that....kneel down to trap him!  They were smart!  He moves around quickly, so you gotta be fast!  He bobs every which way to to make it even more difficult!  Once you have all of your rings on, you take his banana out.  Once the banana is out he stops running around and he starts shaking his money maker!  That is when everybody shakes with him!

Here is a picture of them...."shaking" with Cheeky!

Here is a picture of all of the kids at our party yesterday!  Everyone had a great time!   Cheeky was a HUGE hit and even got to go home with a new family!  Cheeky is bound to make that family happy for a very long time!!!

*I was given Cheeky, Cheetos, Hi-Ho Cheeryo and Memory to try and to give my honest opinion.  All the opinions in my post are mine.*

ChildProtect by DNA Review and Special Code

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ChildProtect by DNA is the only kit that offers your child's unique DNA. Here's what Fox News Dr. Manny Alvarez has to say about DNA Fingerprinting 

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I was able to try this kit out.  I have to say, it was very easy to use.  Once I read the directions, I was able to do everything quickly.  The hardest part was getting my son to open his mouth so I could do a cheek swab.  He was convinced that I was going to swab his throat!  

I was surprised that I was also able to do his fingerprints.  I don't recall seeing that on any of the literature I read before.  He was somewhat cooperative for that.  

It does make me feel very good to know that should I need it, I have all of his information in one spot.  I PRAY that I never need it, but it gives me a bit of peace knowing that I have all of my t's crossed and i's dotted.  You can never be TOO safe where your kids are concerned.  They are just way to precious.

Camp Fontanelle in Nickerson, NE

Camp Fontanelle in Nickerson, NE

Pumpkin patch & corn maze open from Sept. 15 to Nov. 3. NEW in 2013 - 350' zip lines!!

A Place To Grow With God In Any Season

Come and enjoy God's beauty on 183 acres of wooded hills.

Camp Fontanelle is a facility of the Nebraska Conference of the United Methodist Church camping ministries working as partners with Comeca and Camp Norwesca.   

The Camping Ministries of the Nebraska Conference of the United Methodist Church provide unique settings for INTENTIONAL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY where persons may deepen their Christian experience, grow in understanding, and respond in faith joyfully.  Our camps offer opportunities for intentional Christian Community through hosting retreats, reunions, community events, group activities, and summer camps for all ages.  Camp Fontanelle invites you to visit Camp Fontanelle, "A Place To Grow With God In Any Season".

Camp Fontanelle is located just north of Fremont, Nebraska
Check out their website at to see videos and other things they have to offer!

AS ALWAYS, NEBRASKA HOCKEY MOM READERS get a special coupon through Camp Fontanelle and US Family Guide.  Click below!

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Love and Logic Institute, Inc

I was given this article at one of the schools I subbed at recently.  It was sent home in the children's "Friday Folders".  I thought I should share.  It is incredible.  Everyone needs to read this!

Love and Logic
Institute Inc.

Prior to the 1950's most American children grew up without many of the things they wanted.  Because of this, most imagined what it might be like to someday struggle above their meager circumstances and "arrive" at a more comfortable standard of living.  Getting a good education was seen as the primary vehicle for attaining this dream.  Over the last five decades, the amount of unneeded stuff possessed by many American children has dramatically squelched this dreaming process.  There's no need to dream or work toward things you already have.

In my book, From Bad Grades to a Great Life, I share the most important things we can do to prevent Affluence Distraction Disorder:

*  Spend as much time as possible with our kids.
*  Play with them.
*  Listen to them.
*Comfort them when they are hurting.
*Rejoice with them when they are glad.
*Enjoy them with all of our hearts.
*Teach them to spend less than they make.
*Show them how to base their happiness on relationships not retail goods.

When children have parents who give the greatest gifts...their love and their time...they don't care as much about having lots of expensive stuff.

Thanks for reading!  Our goal is to help as many families as possible.  If this is a benefit to you, forward it on to a friend!

Dr. Charles Fay

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Premier Exteriors Review

Premier Exteriors

Premier Exteriors is a fantastic company.  Here is a bit of what they do.

Decks and Porches
Roofing and Repair
They'll do Skylights, doors, name it!  They can do it!  They are a multi talented company who have awesome work ethic and fabulous customer service.

If you ever need anything done, be sure to contact Gabe Frost at 402-679-6000 or his cell at 402-527-8180.  He will hook you up and make sure you tell him that Tonya sent you over!

Let me tell you a little bit about the company:
They have two different websites.  One for home owners, and one for business owners.
They are at 4780 S. 131st St., Set #139 in Omaha, NE.
Gabe's e-mail address is

Let me tell you a little bit about my experience:
Our roof was HORRIBLE!  We moved in here almost 6 years ago.  The roof was fine then.  About 3 years ago, it started to curl.  It got worse and worse and worse.  I made a claim, but the insurance adjustor told me to wait until the next hail storm as we get them frequently in the spring here.  So I waited.  In the mean time, we had to switch insurance companies and the new company did not want to insure our roof.  2 weeks later we had a nasty hailstorm.  We were looking at having to pay $10,000 out of pocket to get our roof fixed!  I had a thought....I called my agent and she told me to call the old insurance as the damage to the roof happened well before the hail.  I called them, and they agreed to cover the roof!  Thank the good Lord!!!  

We had a company agree to do our roof...however, they were afraid with how bad the roof looked, that we would need all new sheeting which the insurance wouldn't cover.  All new sheeting would run us about $5,000 out of pocket.  We just simply didn't have it.  We asked them to "carry" a loan for us, but they would not.  I told them I didn't think we would need ANY new sheeting.....I'll tell you why I thought that in a second.  They didn't care, they didn't want to take the chance.  Understandable I guess.

I didn't think we would need sheeting because I found out from our neighbor, who is a contractor, that our roof was replaced the summer that we moved in.  We've been here only 5.5 years at that point.  The roof wasn't even a full 6 years old!  Why did it look so bad?  Well...we found out that the shingles used were defective, and were part of a class action law suit.  

We got ahold of Premier Exteriors.  They came out immediately, quoted us an even better price and said they would work with us in anyway possible if we needed sheeting...which Gabe agreed, didn't look like we would need any.

They came out a short week later, did the roof in one long day, and did it well.  I was very impressed with their professionalism and their communication.  If you EVER need anything done to your house, I believe that Premier has the best prices, definitely the best customer service and they will work with you in anyway possible.  They have a great rating with the Better Business Bureau and they are LOCAL.  Which, when hail storms and roofers come out of the woodwork from ALL over.  
Here are some pictures of the roof prior to getting it fixed.

It doesn't look only 5 years old does it???

Now here are the after pictures.  I didn't climb up on the roof this time for the pictures, but you can see a big difference!  They were SO easy to work with too.  If you use them, please let them know that TONYA FILLEMAN reffered you...and ask to work with Gabe Frost!  Let me know if you use them!!  I know you'll be happy!

*I received no compensation for this post.  The opinions are all my own*

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

TWO Sweepstakes you MUST get in on!!!!

The Purex Step into Fall Sweepstakes has launched!
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Royalty, by YMI Jeans

I RARELY will post negative things about any brand.  My mom (rest her soul), has always taught me that if you have nothing nice to say, then don't say it at all.  So...I post nice things...or at least try to.  If I can't post something nice, I typically won't post a review at all on it...unless it is going to hurt someone or something like that.  This product may not hurt anyone, but I am tired of dropping money into the same product and getting the same results.  First time shame on you, second time shame on ME!  Well...this has happened THREE times really shame on me for allowing it!  BUT...I always try to give the benefit of the doubt.

I like fancy pants.  Does everyone know what fancy pants are?  You know...the pretty pants with the rhinestone, etc on the hind end?  I like those!  So....I am a mom of 4 on a shoestring budget.  I can't afford the REAL fancy I go to Shopko where they have fancy pants still more than I like to spend...but if you watch them, they'll go on sale to a more reasonable price.  Royalty Jeans by YMI Jeans, is what I am talking about.  They are super cute and nicely priced!  I bought two pairs of jeans back in December.  I have enough clothes that I can wear something different every day.  I tell you this so that you know I didn't wear these pants daily.  Once a week at the most.  By the end of April, within one week of eachother, the jeans ripped in the inner thigh area.   Not on the seam either...they just ripped like the knees do in Jeans when you've been on your knees too much.  I had lost weight....but I wasn't near the size I wanted to I thought, well....thats what you get for not losing anymore weight.  I figured my thighs were so big (I wear a size 12/14) that they rubbed against eachother too much and they ripped.  It wasn't until May....when I bought a pair of Royalty by YMI Jeans that I thought to myself....hmmm...I have a whole bunch of jeans in my closet that I've had for 6 years or more.  I wear them just as much, and they have never ripped like that.  Oh well...these capris would be different I told myself.  3 months later....SAME thing...SAME spot happened to my YMI Capris!  Looking through my closet, I also have quite a few capris that I've had for years that this has never happened to. thought?  Defect of some sort!  I have JCPenny jeans and capris, Old Navy jeans and capris, even a pair from Walmart that have NEVER done this. intention is to let you know...consumer aware, so that you aren't spending money and watching it go away with the trash 3 months after you've purchased them.


The Winnowing Season by Cindy Woodsmall book review

The Winnowing Season
By: Cindy Woodsmall

This book is the second installment to the Amish Vines and Orchards Series written by Cindy Woodsmall.  The first is called A Season for Tending.  The third in this series will be coming out soon! I am very excited!  The first book was A-Ma-Zing!  The second book did not disappoint either.  I have really grown to love Cindy Woodsmall's books and her style of writing.  She has the ability to take the reader right into the book as if they are hearing, smelling, touching everything that the characters are.

The Winnowing Season can be found at many different retailers, but Amazon has it HERE.  You will also be able to get the first book there as well.  You DO NOT have to read the first book in order to get into the second book...but it is much easier to follow along immediately if you are already familiar with the background story, however Ms. Woodsmall does a great job of not requiring the reader to read the first book in order to get consecutive books.

This whole series is about growing spiritual faith, following God's gently urgings and starting fresh.  

Here is what Amazon has to say: 

The tornado that devastated Kings’ Orchard pushed Rhoda, Samuel, and Jacob to make a new start in Maine. Are they strong enough to withstand the challenges of establishing an Amish community—and brave enough to face the secrets that move with them?
On the eve of their departure to begin a new Old Order Amish community outside of Unity, Maine, Rhoda Byler is shocked to discover that choices made by her business partner and friend, Samuel King, have placed her and her unusual gifts directly into the path of her district’s bishop and preachers. She is furious with Samuel and is fearful that the Kings will be influenced by the way her leaders see her, and not what they know to be true—that Rhoda’s intuition is a gift from God.
Jacob King won’t be swayed by community speculation. He loves Rhoda, believes in her, and wants to build a future with her in Maine. But when the ghosts of his past come calling and require him to fulfill a great debt, can he shake their hold before it destroys what he has with Rhoda? Samuel has a secret of his own—one he’ll go to great lengths to keep hidden, even if it means alienating those closest to him. Throwing himself into rehabilitating the once-abandoned orchard, Samuel turns to a surprising new ally.
Book 2 of the Amish Vines and Orchards series asks: can the three faithfully follow God’s leading and build a new home and orchard in Maine? Or will this new beginning lead to more ruin and heartbreak?

You will love this book!  You will love the whole series!  I encourage you to just start one of the books....see how long it takes you to put it down!

*This post has only my opinions in it.  I was given no compensation, only a book to review*

Monday, September 23, 2013


Ready for some Fall Festival Deals!  Our team at US Family Guide have put together a great list of Corn Maze Coupons and Fall Festival savings nationwide.  

Download valuable coupons for Corn Mazes, Pumpkin Patches and Fall Family Activities.  Fall is SUCH a fun time of year.  The temperatures are nice....FOOTBALL is on....the leaves begin to change.  I love going to Pumpkin Patches with the kids!  These are some really great deals!  So find the one that is near you and click away!!!  Leave me a comment and let me know where you're going to go!  Pass the word!
Schnepf Farms - Queen City

Forneris Farms - Mission Hills

Anderson Farms - Erie

Flat Acres Farm - Parker
Fritzler Maze - La Salle
Sunflower Farm - Longmont
Mile High Farms - Bennett
Wishing Star Farm - Calhan
Harvest Farm - Wellington

Devine Acres Farm - Devine
Fiesta Farm - San Antonio
Yesterland Farm - Canton
South Texas Maize - Hondo
Dewberry Farm - Brookshire
Brazos Valley Maize- Brenham

CM Farms - Dry Creek

Lane Southern Orchards - Fort Valley
Poppell Farms - Odum

Farmer Charley's Corn Maze Adventure - Monroe

Amazing Fall Fun - Waterloo
Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch - Lowell
Hobson's Fun Farm - Rockville

All Seasons Orchard - Woodstock
Kuipers Family Farm - Maple Park
Odyssey Fun Farm - Tinley Park
Siegel's Cottonwood Farm - Lockport

Summers Farm - Fredrick County

Sauchuk Farm - Plympton


KC Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze - Gardner
Shuck's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch - Pleasant Hill

Seward Farms Maze - Lucedale

Afton Apple Orchard - Hastings

The Maize at Grandpa's Farm - Billings

Camp Fontanelle - Nickerson

VonThun Farms - Monmouth Junction
Sahl's Father Son Farm - Egg Harbor City

New York
Wright Family Farm - Warwick
Harbes Family Farm - Mattituck

North Carolina
Patterson Farm Market and Tours - Mount Ulla

The Corn Maze at the Sharp Run Market - Millersburg
Meadow View Growers - New Carlisle

Hurricane Hill Farm - CoatsvilleTriple B Farms - Pittsburgh
Reillys Summer Seat Farm
 - Pittsburgh

Rhode Island
Confreda Greenhouses & Farms - Hope (Western Cranston)

Cows-N-Corn - Midland
Wayside Farm Fun - Berryville
Belvedere Plantation - Fredericksburg

Cornbelly's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Fest - Spanish Fork

For Daily Updates on these coupons and coupons for other family attractions please visit and bookmark: 

Pleygo Review

 Pleygo Review

I put my original post below in case you didn't see it....but I must say, my kids DEVOURED this box when it came to the house!  They were SO excited to finally get it!  They worked non-stop at it for several days.  I say non-stop....but we have a busy schedule, so every opportunity they had it was non-stop!  :-)  They REALLY loved it, and so did I!  We are anxiously awaiting our next box!  

Words of wisdom though, OPEN THE BOX FOR THEM!  I did not do they destroyed the box which is also used to return the product in...then they threw away the return slip, so I had to e-mail the company to get a duplicate....which they so graciously offered immediately upon me telling them what happened.  Great product, Great idea, Great customer service!  A+++ in my book!

Have you ever wished you could "rent" toys?  I know I have.  I used to love going to our local library where they let you "check-out" some educational toys.  LOVED IT!  Why?  My kids have a ton of toys, and they seem to get tired of the same ones...even though they have so many of them.  Borrowing them from the library or even if I could rent them from somewhere, is cheaper than going out and buying the item that they will eventually get sick of and throw to the side.  Well...someone thought of a brilliant company, and it is called Pleygo.

Pleygo is a Net-Flix like service for Legos!  You subscribe, rent, play, and exchange sets of LEGOs unlimited times per month.  Shipping is always free both ways and sets are sanitized when returned.  They offer a convenient, quick, and inexpensive solution that relieves clutter and saves space at home while saving money.  Co-Founded by influential parenting blogger and creator of A-List mom Elina Furman, Pleygo is the perfect way to supply your child with endless developmental tools and allow for that much needed quiet time at home!

I was extremely excited to give this a try!  I have four kids.  3 boys and a girl and they all love Legos.  This is  a perfect fit for us!  Are you interested in what the cost might be?

There are three levels of subscription starting at just $15.  These differing levels allow you to find the plan that best suits you.  They offer credit towards your account for sets and mixed bricks that you donate to us, and we provide the shipping label too!  Pleygo is a perfect gift for a family friend, loved one, or birthday party.  Purchase a gift subscription and send it with a special message from you!  We are constantly expanding our inventory with more sets!

GUESS WHAT?????  You guys should all know by now that my readers always get something special out of my reviews!  This one is no different!  Nebraska Hockey Mom readers will receive your First Month FREE at®ionid=75 or directly at to register!

What are you waiting for???  Go give it a try!  I am going to try it, and I'll let you know what you think!  But you have to let me know what you think too!!!!

Happy Building!!!

*I was given no monetary compensation for this post.  The thoughts are my own*


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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Purex UltraPacks Liquid Laundry Detergent Plus Oxi review AND giveaway!!!!!


Introducing NEW Purex UltraPacks - now with the stain fighting power of OXI!

NEW Purex UltraPacks plus Oxi combines the convenience of easy-to-use Purex UltraPacks with the stain fighting power of Oxi.

The Purex UltraPacks plus Oxi formula is so powerful; it works to fight over 101 of your tough stains!  The concentrated DirtLift Action formula has 2X the cleaning power in every drop, leaving your clothes so bright, white, and clean, people will start to take notice.  Which stains will you tackle next?

Purex makes it easy to fight stains, while maintaining a simple laundry routine.  Purex UltraPacks plus Oxi contain a full load's worth of concentrated liquid detergent and dissolve quickly once you add them to your laundry.  No more measuring, no more mess, just toss it in and go!

Purex UltraPacks plus Oxi offer the cleaning power you've come to expect from Purex at a value you can't pass up.  The Purex plus Oxi formula helps fight tough stains while saving you money versus traditional liquid detergents!  In fact, the average family could save over $45 a year by using Purex UltraPacks plus Oxi versus the leading unit dose detergent!  Who knew saving money could be so simple?


I have always been a huge fan of Purex.  The product has proven itself to me over and over again, AND the price is right!  And Purex has done it again!  These UltraPacks PLUS Oxi have hit the top for me!  I love them!  They are so easy and they work just as well...if not better!  You do need to be careful not to let animals or little children get ahold of them as they are with any laundry detergent.  However they are in a capsule, making them easier to little people or pets to get and eat.  So you DO need to be SUPER careful!

To help celebrate the release of Purex UltraPacks plus Oxi, the Purex brand will be hosting a sweepstakes!  One grand prize winner will win $500 and a year's supply of Purex UltraPacks plus Oxi, while 365 second place winners will receive a coupon for a free pack of Purex UltraPacks plus Oxi!

They will be sending me a unique sweepstakes URL, and I will blog it out AS SOON AS I GET IT!!  So STAY TUNE!!!!!

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*The Purex brand provided me with a sample of Purex UltraPacks plus Oxi in exchange for a product review.  However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.*

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Makit Plates Review

I was given the opportunity to review the Make A Plate Art Project!

Makit has been in business for over 40 years. Make A Plate kits allow children to let their creativity soar in crafting a lasting gift for Mom, Dad, Grandparent or teacher. All Make A Plates are nontoxic, BPA-Free, dishwasher safe and proudly made in the USA.

We had a TON of fun doing.  The company sends you quite a few round papers to do your artwork on.  Thank goodness...because we have 4 kids and each child had to redo their masterpiece a few times!  The extra papers were definitely needed.  The company also send the markers to use.  You can use your own, but there are certain guidelines.  For example, no pencils are to be used, etc.

All 4 of my kids enjoyed sitting down and making the best "plate" they could make.  Even the husband got involved.  We ended up doing 5 plates total.  I was going to do them for Christmas presents....but I thought this time I'd let the kids have their own plates.
Once the kids were done they looked similar to this, very colorful:
It wasn't very long once we sent in our papers in the envelope they provided....MAYBE 2 weeks, and we had the plates!!  Here are the finished products!  I had 4 very happy children!  They were totally excited to see them and they love to use their "very own" plates!

I was impressed with how much time my kids took in making their "plates" perfect.  I didn't think it would take us long at all to get them drawn and colored...but I was wrong, each of them...even the 5 year old, took great measures to ensure perfection of their piece! I was thrilled by that!

The plates came out JUST like their drawings.  I was very happy with the final product.  I was a little surprised that they were plastic.  I think it said in the literature now thinking back, but I guess I had in my mind that they were like regular plates.  They are NOT dishwasher safe, which is kinda a bummer also, but I have a few other things that have to get handwashed too, so it isn't the end of the world.  You also are not to use scouring pads on them which is what my kids use when they do the it may be more of a challenge to get them to remember not to use scouring pads.

They really enjoyed this craft though and it is the craft that keeps giving since they get to see their work everytime they sit down to eat!

I think this is definitely worth it for your kids or for Christmas Gifts to give to family members...maybe you could do hand prints if your people are super little, or anything like that.  It is a great idea!

My readers save 30% on their Prepaid Art Plate Kit (that’s a savings of over $5!) - USE PROMO CODE: USFAMILY at

*I was given no compensation for this post, only a free kit to review myself.*