Holiday Gift Guide 2016 – Now Accepting Submissions

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The Holiday season is coming up in the next few months.

And I have decided to put out a post to let everyone know that Basically Speaking is accepting submissions for the 2016 gift guide. The gift guide will help our readers to find information about products while they are deciding what to purchase for their loved ones this holiday season. (This mom also loves learning about new products for gift giving. And for products that I want to own in my home. )

Your Reviewers: 

I review the products along with my husband and two children.  My daughter is 15 years old and my son is 11 years old. I also have younger relatives who can contribute to reviews items.  We also have a Schnoodle dog and a Siamese cat who also review products for those with fur babies.

When does the Gift Guide Start:

From November 1st until December 21st, I will be featuring gift ideas on Basically Speaking. This will be a great way to let the readers learn more about your products while they are making a decision on what to buy for their loved ones. (I know Gift Guides help this mom out when deciding what to buy for her family. )

Are you looking to get your Brand noticed?

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A List of Halloween Movies For Kids

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Halloween is one of my favourite holidays. (tied with Christmas.) And I enjoy sitting down with a big bowl of popcorn with the kids to watch some fun Halloween movies.

You don’t have to watch scary movies to get into the Halloween spirit.

I have picked out a list of movies that my kids have enjoyed over the years.


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5 Inspiring Parenting Quotes


Parenting isn’t an easy task. Sometimes it is good to hear words of wisdom to know we are all dealing with the same questions or concerns.

I love to print off quotes to put up near my desk to remind me that everything isn’t easy and that many have the same struggles. It gives me that added push through my day.

Here are 5 inspiring parenting quotes that you could use in your daily life.


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Swago Pie Fest

Strawberry, Pumpkin, Apple, Boysenberry, the list goes on! Craving pie? It’s time for SWAGO: Pie Fest!


What is SWAGO you ask?

It’s a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. I

f you’ve never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great introduction to the site.  Here’s what you need to know to get your 300 SB Bonus:

  • Swago: Pie Fest will begin on Monday, September 19th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT, make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have a limited amount of time to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value.
  • Once you’ve achieved a pattern the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • The game ends Monday, September 26th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT. So make sure to hit “Submit” on the pattern you wish to submit. If you don’t hit “Submit” before the game ends you won’t receive your SB bonus.

Click Here to sign up for Swago: Pie Fest

Free Printable Halloween Colouring Pages


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Halloween is one of my favourite times of year. I love celebrating and decorating up the house.

I also love printing off colouring pages for the kids to enjoy. Sometimes we use printable colouring to decorate our fridge for Halloween.

Here is a list of free printable Halloween colouring pages for your children to enjoy.

MES English Printable Halloween Colouring Pages

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How To Clean Your Washing Machine


Most of us don’t think about cleaning our washing machine because we assume that when we put laundry detergent in, that it would clean our washing machine. I mean after all if it cleans our clothes it should clean our machine.

Sadly, that isn’t the case. By cleaning your washing machine, you prevent weird stains on your clothes.

I usually remember to do this when I am doing my spring or fall cleaning.

It is very easy to do with a top loader and front loader.

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