Showing posts from June 1, 2008

Teacher Gifts ~ Personalized Stationary

I was lucky enough to win a $100 gift certificate to Whitney English paper. I bought both my daughters teachers stationary with their names on them. I also bought mini clipboards at the $1 store & then some good gourmet chocolate.

This is the final product, the Whitney English paper came in this pretty gift box with pink bow, so I just stuck the chocolate under the bow with a card & it was good to go. My 5th grade teachers seemed extremely happy with it.

Even if you didn't go with the expensive Whitney English paper, you could something similar as a fun teacher gift.

Field Day & Last Day of School ~ Hurray!

Yesterday was the all day field day at my daughters school, which would explain why I only made one post yesterday :)

I worked the entire day, not sure what I was thinking. It was a 9 - 3:30 schedule. I was scheduled in the Reptile room & it ended up being very interesting. I got to hold a Leopard Gecko & a Blue Tongued Skink. There was also a tortoise & a bunch of snakes. I wouldn't hold the snakes, but I did have to help unwrap a boa constrictor from another mom's neck. They needed adults to hold the reptiles so that the kids could pet them.

I asked my 5th grader to get some pics of the Skink & this is what she took. Ugh, what am I doing? LOL. Oh well, at least a got a photo. I realized that I really want a Gecko, I fell in love with it! The skink likes to bury it's head under your arm. The guy said they think you can't seem them because he can't see you. Thought that was funny.

Today is the last day of school. The girls had a half day…

Work Boots USA

My husband is a Carpenter. Being in the trades, you need good work boots. In the past, we have tried picking up cheaper work boots, and we have always regretted it. They are usually uncomfortable for one. Even if they are comfortable, they usually only last weeks. Yes I said weeks, even if you are only spending $40 that sure adds up fast when you are replacing every single month.

We have found that it is worth the $100 - $150 investment to get a good pair of high quality work boots that will year(s) vs weeks/months.

One site that my husband likes ordering from is Work Boots USA. They are proud to supply working class America with the highest quality work boots from CAT, Wolverine, Bates, Rocky, Converse and many other work boot brands. They choose each boot that they sell for reliability and durability. They also offer some of the best prices around.
He really likes the Wolverine brand, waterproof boots. The pair he has retailed for $141, they cost $114.21 at Work Boots USA!

Life Lock Identity theft prevention program

In this day and age, we need to be more concerned about Identity theft then ever before. You have to protect your social security number like never before. There are mail scams, internet scams, phone scams and so much more. To help ease your mind, there are programs available to help protect your identity. Life Lock is one of those programs.

What LifeLock does is registers and monitors a fraud alert in your name with the top three credit reporting agencies. When a fraud alert is in place in your name, potential lenders must call you to verify that you are the one actually applying for the loan or line of credit. They work with the top three agencies: Experian, Equifax and Trans Union. Fraud alerts actually expire in 3 months. What they do is automatically renew it for you, so that your name is always being protected.

Life Lock also has a program to help protect you if your wallet is stolen. The program is called WalletLock and is a service they provide at no additional cost …

Search & Win Prizes

I was a big fan of using Blingo's search engine till they switched to yahoo. I don't care for yahoo, I prefer google search. Then I found Prize Wish (click banner to visit). It is a google based search engine. You can win what they call Swag Bucks for your searches. I'm fairly new & have 29 already. I also still use Blingo, since you can still win prizes, so not all my searches are through Prize Wish. Then you can redeem your swag bucks for prizes.

How do I win?There are 3 ways to win Swag Bucks: SEARCH AND WIN: Searching the web with Prize Wish is easy, quick and fun. Get results direct from Google and and win 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 Swag Bucks! Every search is a chance to win!SHOP AND EARN: Earn unlimited Swag Bucks by shopping at your favorite online stores. We are currently offering 1 Swag Buck for every 5 dollars you spend at participating retailers!GO GREEN AND EARN: Recycle your old phone or mp3 player, and earn Swag Bucks while you protect the environmen…

Blog your face

The girls over at Chic Critique are doing a little Blog Your Face event. The rules of the make-up bag tour:

1. a picture of your face, bare naked, unmade-up and fresh as a daisy
2. a list of the skin care and make-up products you use daily, with brand names and colors/shades
3. an "after" shot of your face all prettied up

If you get to the end of this, there is a make-up question about tweens & makeup, please help!
Ok here is my after waking up, yes oh so pretty, lol.
I wash my face in the shower. I use Serious skin Care Glycolic Cleanser. Then I use Serious Skin Care A-Copper moisturizer & Sole Facial Sunscreen. I usually put something under my eyes as well, brand varies depending on what I grab. I think I'm using that Q-10 stuff right now. Personally I have tried tons & never notice a different from the brands. For my make-up, yes drugstore! I prefer to buy a little bit more expensive moisturizer over make-up. Plus everything pictured above was free or s…

Tuesday Contest Round Up

In My Bag is giving away a $25 Lowes gift card! Participating in the contest is as easy as creating a blog entry that links to the contest. For more information, see the official contest blog entry: Win a Lowes gift card! Val's View is giving away Skin MD lotion. I've tried this & it works great, similar to Gloves in a Bottle. Enter Val's contest here.

You can also enter to win a toddler cookbook on Fun, Crafts and Recipes. I recommend reading the review of Toddler Cookbooks first over at Val's Views! Contest ends June 8th, winner selected the 9th.

Win a Wrap-n-Mat over at Simple-Reviews. Entering is easy, just sign Mr. Linky.

WFMW ~ "Mom, I'm Bored" Edition

This week is a themed week, the theme is "Mom, I'm Bored" Edition. Most kids are out of school already, mine will be out on Friday. Here are some things I like to do during the summer.

Luckily my kids LOVE the outdoors & we have a huge neighborhood. I think at least half our elementary school come from my neighborhood & it maybe even more then that. My oldest has tons of friends within bike riding distance.

My girls spend a lot of time in our pool. If you don't have a pool, slip 'n slides are a lot of fun. You could also get a sprinkler, water guns, water balloons, etc.

Bike riding & roller blading are other things they enjoy outside. Scooters are a lot of fun, and if you have a boy, well probably girls to can learn to skateboard.

My kids also have a lot of fun having picnics for lunch. Lemonaid stands are another fun way to pass the time, especially on weekends if your neighborhood is having a garage sale.

Summer Reading Programs are a great activity …

Review ~ Couponizer

When I saw this product, I was amazed by it. I couldn't wait to try it out. It is the Couponizer, let me tell you it is the best invention to aid in using coupons that I have found yet!

Before the Couponizer, my coupons were a big pile thrown in my purse. I would try organizing them in those coupon holders that you get at the store for a dollar or two and it wasn't even worth the few bucks. They were thin, hard to see into, etc. I barely bothered to use them. If I was in a rush to look for coupons, it was a pain to put them back. That is how I ended up with piles in my wallet and just thrown into my purse.

Here is what you get with the
The Couponizer® System:The Couponizer™ - wire bound booklet Your Guide to Smart Savings CoupStacker - presorting matShopping List CoupTracker - record monthly savings Scissors Carrying Bag

The wire bound style of the booklet is wonderful. It measures 8" x 5 ¼” and has 18 grocery coupon pockets, 4 Non-grocery coupon pocket…

Some of my favorite things

I have been wanting to do a post like this for awhile now. Over at The Wilson Six, she has asked what are favorite things are, so I have the motivation to write about a few of them.
My all time favorite thing, is my Canon Powershot, I take it everywhere with me. I love love love it. It has 12x zoom & it is awesome! I have the older S3 with the 6 mega pixels which has always worked fine for me. I've never even needed the largest setting, even though I still mainly use it just in case. I know for sure there is now a 8 mega pixel version of it. It is that zoom though that I love!

Stadium Cheese has been my weakness for weeks now. I swear I live on it. I never liked the cheeses mixed with Salsa. Finally Meijer started carrying Stadium Cheese, so good!

People always joked with me "Do you want Tea to go with your sugar? Yes, ha ha. I also used to always hear, Oh you'd love souther ice tea. Finally stores in Michigan started carrying Sweet tea, I love the Tradewin…

Review ~ Corolle Les Cheries Doll Camille Ballerina

I was looking at some of my past purchases over at Amazon, and realized I forgot a great item for my Gift Guide for Dancers, the Camille Ballerina doll by Corolle.

Your little princess has to have this doll. It's a classic!

This is one of the classiest, and most delicate dolls among the prestigious French doll manufacturer, Corolle's dolls. Camille Ballerina is recital-ready in leotard, tutu, tights and pink slippers with ribbon laces.

Camille has an all-vinyl body, moving eyes and long rooted hair that can be worn down or styled up.

The doll is 13” tall.

Ages 5 and up.

I bought two of these for my daughters for Christmas the year before. My youngest plays with it all the time. The doll is wonderful! My oldest has hers displayed on her dresser with her other ballet related items.

Corolle dolls are very well made. They are also something you can be proud of. I admit I let my girls play with Bratz dolls even though I cringe at the clothes. This is one doll I am happy to have my d…

Tuesday Contest Round Up

For Bloggers ~

Life and Me is celebrating her 100th post is having a great contest.

Below is the list of all the prizes you can win from this fabulous contest.

* Cash Prize of US $25 from me - 1 winner courtesy
* BONUS PRIZE: 10 X 100 EC Credits to the top 10 best post - 10 winners to be chosen by
* Indonesian batik cloth to be sent to any address on regular mail 1winner courtesy
* one 125 x 125 ad spot for one month - sponsored by
* 4 x 500 EC credit points - sponsored byDance of
* 500 ec + ad spot 125x125 for 2 weeks -sponsored
* 500 ec + ad spot 125x125 for 2 weeks -sponsored byLourdes' Mia
* 500 ec + ad spot 125x125 for 2 weeks -sponsored byMOMEMO
* 500 EC credits- sponsored by Barefooted Me
* one 125 x 125 ad spot for one month- sponsored byBuhay sa Korea

This contest has a deadline of June 30th. While you are there, check out some of the other posts. She has a great blog, …

CVS Trip 6/1/08

I had a $5 off $15 coupon that expired June 1st, so made a quick run. I bought

(1) Listerine Smart Rinse $3.49
(2) CVS Band aides $1.99 ea
(1) Jergens Cherry Almond lotion $2.15 clearance
(1) Huggies bath wash $3.49
(1) JJ Buddie soap bar $.99
(1) pack of Ivory Soap $1.39
(1) Nasal spray thingy$2.50 clearance
(1) Detroit Free Press

Used $5 off $15, $1 off Jergens, $1 off Ivory & $1 off JJ which they put in at .99 + 10 ECB.

I paid $1.25 OOP & got back just under $10 in Extra care bucks.

You can find out this weeks offers & all of June's offers at Money Saving Mom. She also has readers listing scenarios which is good if you are new to the drugstore game :)

June Holidays


June 14th Flag Day
Father's Day
June 21st Summer Solstice

Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat-Month"The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is celebrating June as Adopt A Shelter Cat Month to educate people about the wonderful cats and kittens available for adoption at shelters." Source - Click Here For News ReleaseAphasia Awareness Month (National)Audiobook MonthSponsored by the Audio Publishers Association - Web site: www.audiopub.orgCandy MonthDairy Month (National) Drive Safe Month (National) Firework Safety Month (June - July 4th)Flag Month (National) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month (National)Gay and Lesbian Pride Month (US) Iced Tea Month (National) People Skills Month (International) Rose Month (National) Safety Month (National) Scleroderma Awareness Month (National)Send A Rose Month Turkey Lovers Month Vision Research Month Zoo and Aquarium Month

First Week of June: Aphasia Awarene…

Summer Reading Programs for Kids

Reading is such an important part of your child's education. Considering that my kids have daily reading assignments since Kindergarten, I figure summer is no time to break that cycle.

My 6 year old loves reading. She likes me reading to her & she enjoys reading herself. My 10 year old on the other hand cannot stand reading. The only way to get her to read is to make it very fun.

I have been participating in Summer Reading programs for at least 6 years now, and I really enjoy them. The kids can usually earn little prizes, that encourages them to read so I don't have to nag.

Here are some of programs that we are doing, and some others that I have found.

Local Library ~ This is my favorite program. Our system always has a theme each summer. This year is Catch the Reading Bug. They have a great kick off & finale that are fun. They also have some other programs throughout the summer like Detroit Science Center Star Lab, Drawing bugs workshop, Rosco the Clown to na…

Monday Contest Round Up

Stay tuned because I have a huge giveaway coming up here! I also have a great giveaway for Mia's Big Adventure Collection and a review to come shortly. Plus a fun giveaway for Nifty Tees by Tote & Tee :)

Great offers to check out ~

Arts Cow is still giving away 400 free prints + 1 8 x 8 photo book. It works out that you get 50 free 4 x 6 & 50 free 5 x 7 each month for 4 months. My first order was end of May, haven't received yet. However I selected matte, and I received an email saying matte wasn't available yet. They credited me with 100 free 5 x 7 prints for the trouble. Thought that was pretty cool, now if my pictures come looking good, I found a new site to develop my pics at. Check out their prices, the shipping is a bit on the high side, so take note of that.

Now on to the contests ~

Mandi has another fab prize, she is currently giving away a subscription to Family Fun & Wondertime. Family fun is one of my favorite mags, I love the ideas in it. …