Showing posts from December 7, 2008

Read Kiddo Read ~ Help your child foster a love of reading!

I am an avid reader, I have enjoyed reading all my life. My mom said that as soon as I could sit up, I would stare at books for hours. When I was 18 months, my mom told the doctor I enjoyed reading. The doctor thought she was nuts and told her "You know she can't really read" Obviously my mom knew that, she was just trying to point out I liked looking at books.

My kids have 100's of books, from every type. My 11 year old hates to read. It has been such a struggle for me to deal with that. Luckily, my 7 year old enjoys it, and she is well above her reading level in school. I don't think I could have dealt with two non-readers, lol.

My tween isn't alone though, many parents struggle with getting kids to realize reading is fun. In fact, according to the 2008 Kids and Family Reading Report by Yankelovich and Scholastic, despite 80% of parents wanting their kids to read for fun, most kids claim there aren’t enough really good books for their age group. Jam…

Plum Spooky ~ Stephanie Plum New BOOK!!!

I was so excited to get a mailing from Janet Evanovich. A new Stephanie Plum book is coming out this January. It is called Plum Spooky (A Between-the-Numbers Novel).

The First Full Length Stephanie Plum Between-the-Numbers Novel from #1 Bestselling Author Janet Evanovich.
Turn on all the lights and check under your bed. Things are about to get spooky in Trenton, New Jersey. According to legend, the Jersey Devil prowls the Pine Barrens and soars above the treetops in the dark of night. As eerie as this might seem, there are things in the Barrens that are even more frightening and dangerous. And there are monkeys. Lots of monkeys. Wulf Grimoire is a world wanderer and an opportunist who can kill without remorse and disappear like smoke. He’s chosen Martin Munch, boy genius, as his new business partner, and he’s chosen the Barrens as his new playground. Munch received his doctorate degree in quantum physics when he was twenty-two. He’s now twenty-four, and while his brain is large, his b…

Finding Your TrueNorth

Growing up, I wanted no children and to be a psychiatrist. After graduating, I realized I wanted a family. Once I had my second daughter, I finally followed my dreams and became a stay at home mom.

Frito-Lay's TrueNorth™ brand of nut snacks is built on a core belief that we all have inspirational stories to share and to celebrate, and they are dedicating themselves to using that brand to discover, document and share those stories with the world.

TrueNorth is inviting people to submit a story that describes how they (or someone they know) are pursuing his or her life's passion at One story will be chosen to share with the world in the form of a 60-second commercial aired during the 81st Annual Academy Awards® broadcast on February 22, 2009. The inspirational spot will be directed by Oscar®-winning actress Helen Hunt and the winner will receive $25,000 to help in the pursuit of his or her passion.

The TrueNorth brand first found its passion by tur…

Book Review ~ One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell

I've never read anything from Candace Bushnell, however I am a huge fan of Sex in the City. When giving the chance to read Bushnell's new book, One Fifth Avenue, I was excited.

When Louise Houghton, the aged grande dame of New York society, dies, the fate of her celebrated apartment becomes the obsession not only of the real estate industry, but of everyone living at the fabled address. Located at One Fifth Avenue in an Art Deco architectural gem, the 7,000-square-foot apartment reflects an age and milieu long past its ability to influence social prominence—or so it is thought.
I found One Fifth Avenue an enjoyable read. There are several characters to get straight, but once you do the book is a quick read. If you enjoy chick-lit, you will love this book. The characters are well developed and likable. The book really delves deep into people. It explores what happens when the desire for the best in life doesn't add up but you can't stop pursuing it anyway. This boo…

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Video Game

Mom Central recently sent me Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa for the Nintendo DS to try out. The game includes the four famous characters Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria as well as the penguins, King Juilen and newcomer Moto Moto. The game is in conjunction with the brand new movie. My girls really enjoyed the game. I love that you don't have to know the movies to play along, it is a lot of fun. There are several levels and mini games to play. My youngest loved the music involved.

Based on the feature film from DreamWorks Animation, the four famous zoo animals - Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Glorida the Hippo - and their entire madcap Madagascar crew take players on a whole new action-packed journey to help save the African Savannah. Assuming the roles of all their favorite characters, including those crafty penguins, players must work through 12 distinct levels featuring a variety of wild adventures and fun mini-games. In addition to the diverse single…

Book Review ~ DIRT: An American Campaign Mark LaFlamme

Regardless of what party you vote with, you will enjoy the political thriller DIRT: An American Campaign.

A grieving man disappears with the body of his dead bride and a mad race is on to find him before he can destroy his father's campaign for the White House. An exploration of the dark side of politics, "Dirt: An American Campaign" delivers a plot teetering on the cliff-edge of madness as one candidate tries to bury his own scandals while exposing the dirt of others.

This book is full of twists and turns. I was hooked on page one, and I read this book very quickly. I have never read anything by Mark LaFlamme in the past. I have no idea how this brilliant author slipped by me. I am going back and reading his past work.

You have to go out and read this book. It is a page turner and a must read.

Calvin Cotton is out of his mind. We find him at Riverside Cemetery bursting in on the darkness of the tomb. He is the son of a presidential candidate. But tonight, he is onl…

Journal Buddies Review & Giveaway {Tween Gift Idea}

Let me tell you, I'm struggling with gifts for my tween daughter. It isn't that she doesn't want anything, it is that everything is so dang expensive once they stop playing with $10 toys! When I came across Journal Buddies, I knew I found a great present to give her.

The journal buddies books are fun, interactive journals intended to help adults (parents, teachers, mentors...) build and strengthen a child's self-esteem. These powerful but simple journals are truly a fresh and invigorating take on journal keeping.

Even more exciting is that there's a special version for girls and one for boys, too!

Having a strong self esteem is so important, and it is so easy to lose that during the school years. My daughter was terrorized by a group of boys from 3rd through 5th grade. If it wasn't for her strong self esteem, I couldn't even imagine what she would be like right now. Now that she is in middle school, it is more important then ever to keep that …

Review ~ Bender Ball Exercise Program

I've never had to worry much about weight or exercising. I was always on the small side, always underweight. Even after my first daughter, and my second I went right back to a size 3. I don't know what happened, but a few years ago I gained some weight. Technically it brought me to average, but the problem was ... It was literally ALL in my stomach. The weight gain wasn't much to most, but when you pool it all in one area of your body it sucks!

When I was given the chance to review an exercise routine, I immediately requested the Bender Ball program from the choices. This program was developed by master trainer Leslee Bender. It works better then regular crunches because not only can you go forward, but you can go backward as well. This gives you more range of workout.

I didn't realize the price until I went to write this review. The Bender ball is only $12.98 (dvd) + shipping. This is seriously a fabulous deal! The dvd is really great. You have options for…

Raffle Fundraiser ~ Win Gift Card Tree worth over $500!

It's that time of year again, Fundraiser time. We are raffling off two great Christmas Trees filled to the brim with $25 gift cards on them. Each tree has approx. $500 worth of gift cards, that is over $1,000 total. Raffle tickets are $2 each, 3 for $5. There are additional prices as well, you can win a Nintendo DS, Movie Going Gift Basket and a few other Gift Basket prizes.

This profits from this years fundraiser will be divided in half. One half will go towards the girls dance costs and the other half will be donated to St. Jude! My oldest really loves this charity. It is one of the first charities that she ever did a bike-a-thon for and it really stuck with her.

TicketsSingle Ticket $2.00 3 Tickets for $5 $5.00

If you buy 6 tickets for $10, I will put up a 125 x 125 button on the sidebar of ALL of my blogs for the rest of December and all of January. That means your ad will be seen on 5 blogs for only $10 + you have 6 chances to win tons of prizes.

Raffle drawing is on Decem…

Works for me ~ Passwords

I've been wanting an Internet Password Organizer for awhile now, but I do not have the $19.99 to spend at the time. I tried getting a spiral bound journal & making my own. However, it turned into a big mess. It took just as long flipping pages as it did looking up my password in my email, etc.

Then I realized that like my coupons, I could store my passwords alphabetical. I had a pink index card box. Mine isn't as fancy at the one above, but it was a buck :) I actually want to get the one above because it locks, way better! Then I picked up a pack of alphabet dividers & index cards. That is it, for $3 bucks or less, I have a password organizer.

I also like that with the index cards, there is tons of room for notes. I can jot down notes, etc.

That is what works for me!

You can pick up the black 3 x 5 index box at amazon for $10.99 shipped ~ Vaultz 3x5 Index Box Black (VZ01169)

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Surefire Flashlights

If you are looking for the best flashlight in the world, you have to check out Surefire. These are the best in the world. They are used in the F.B.I., DEA, CIA, Military, Law Enforcement , Fire & Rescue .. They are even used in popular movies and tv shows, including CSI!

There are many models to choose from at different prices. The pricing can go from $36 a flashlight all the way up to $6000.00 a flashlight. All models run on lithium or lithium specialty batteries which is the highest output battery device that any flashlight can possibly use. Regular battery flashlights can never compete with a lithium device no matter how technologically advanced they are. All models are virtually indestructible with hard anodized type III aerospace aluminum bodies. There are different variances in lamps which range from Xenon, LED & Incandescent Lamps. There are also self defense flashlights with serrated teeth on the ends when used in combat
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Hidden Valley Ranch Love Your Veggies

Inspired by a study which found that children consumed 23% more vegetables when paired with a moderate amount of ranch dressing, the makers of Hidden Valley® Salad Dressings created the Love Your Veggies™ campaign as a way to help parents and educators get children eating and enjoying their vegetables.

To help moms encourage their kids to eat more vegetables, the Love Your Veggies™ campaign teaches families how to eat healthfully, purchase and grow the best veggies, and find innovative ways to serve them with the following:
➢ a Web site full of information at
➢ a school grant program to provide students with better access to fresh produce
➢ a mom retreat hosted by celebrity chef, Art Smith

They have a wonderful recipe section. I want to try the Chinese Lettuce Wraps, I know my 7 year old would love these. The Rock n Roll ups look good as well, and they are great for lunches! The website also has a fun activity section. You c…

Franchise Opportunities

Have you ever thought about starting a business, but don't know where to start? A franchise might be a good way to go. While not every franchise or every franchise owner is successful, franchising has the potential to reduce some of the risk of launching a new business by letting you copy a business concept someone else has already made successful.

So what is the best franchise for you? Start doing research on things that you enjoy. For instance, you could look into owning a dry cleaning franchise. Owning a dry clean business is supposed to be very easy. You don't have to own or lease a building or even buy inventory. With a delivery van, a territory, and the famous blue bags, you're on your way.

To get started, you can find a franchise broker to help you find the right fit. They will recommend the right franchise for you depending on your personalities, profiles and interests. The great thing about …

Review ~ A Month of Meals

One thing I have really been working hard on is cutting our food budget down. I have been trying to watch sales, use coupons, etc. I've got it down for health/beauty items, but I struggle with the food. I think it is from not planning my dinners, etc.

When Family Review Network asked if I was interested in trying out A Month of Meals, I jumped at the chance. Here is my answer to my dinner problem! So, what is A Month of Meals. Well it is an e-book that you can download instantly. Love that, no waiting, no paper waste, no shipping waste. From the website, this is what you get ~

In A Month of Meals, you receive…

Meals– a month of easy to fix and healthy meals your whole family will enjoy. Using the premise that we need more vegetables and whole grains, you end up saving money and there are great health benefits!

Recipes– quick and easy recipes put into a weekly schedule. There are even 6 meals that you can make ahead of time to freeze for your extra busy days when you don’t wa…