Showing posts from May 3, 2009

Learning CPR for Summer Safety ~ American Heart Association

With the weather finally warming up, I'm finally thinking about summer. School is almost over, yeah! The kids will be home all day, looking for things to do. We spend a lot of time swimming, going to the beach and to the park. I've been pulling out the beach towels and toys, making sure I have sunscreen and bathing suits. All common things to do to get ready for summer. One thing we might not think about though is what to do in an emergency.

The American Heart Association is doing something about that. The first week in June begins National CPR and AED Awareness Week. Mom Central has joined with the American Heart Association to raise awareness for all to get trained in this life-saving skill. We think it critical for parents to get trained in CPR so we can protect our families. By learning CPR we all make a small commitment that could save the life of someone we love.

As a mom, I know how busy life can be. I've found that the American Heart Association offers sever…

MyPunchBowl Review & Giveaway

With spring/summer, we start having a lot of parties and weddings to go to. From communion, graduations, birthday parties, etc ~ planning a party can be time consuming. With everyone being online and using digital now a days, having an online way to make planning parties easier, is essential!

With the ability to personalize your events and customize your eCards, MyPunchbowl is the most personal way to celebrate life's milestones. You can create your own online invitations, poll guests for the ideal date, easily import guests lists and manage RSVPs, design personalized candy favors, and more.

MyPunchbowl has everything you need right online to help plan for that perfect party. It has e-mail invitations you can create, it helps you set the date, it keeps track of RSVP's, it provides you with party ideas, check list, registry and you can even purchase party favors, supplies and gifts too, all on one site!

MyPunchbowl isn't just party planning though. In this era of social ne…

Review ~ iCarly Season 1 Volume 2

April 21st, iCarly: Season 1, Vol. 2 was released. Nickelodeon brings fans 12 more episodes from the 1st season of the hit show + bonus features and more.

Special Features include:

- Behind the Slime with the Cast of iCarly
- Behind-the-Scenes Extras
- Special Bonus: Pilot Episode of True Jackson, VP

iCarly premiered on Nick back in September 2007 and was an instant hit in our household! My girls were always fans of Drake and Josh, so were excited when kid sister (Miranda Cosgrove) got her own show.

If you haven't seen it yet, the show is about a girl named Carly. When it started in 2007, she was 13 & lives with 26 year old brother. She and her best friends Sam & Freddie make a web show together.

The show is great. Both my 7 & 11 year old daughters enjoy it. It is one of the few shows that do not drive me crazy to watch or to even hear. The show is funny, deals with normal issues. Nothing to crazy yet, Carly is getting older so we will see how the shows goes. …

Dirty Bow Wow Review & Giveaway + Dog Toy Drive

If you are a dog lover, I have the book for you ~ Dirty Bow Wow. This book is 110 pages of beautiful dog photographs and information. The book written by Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz features a different dog on each page with their favorite toys.

I really enjoyed reading about each dog and their toy. Really makes you see what personalities animals can have. I've always been an animal rights activists, so I love anything that gives people an idea that animals have feelings.

There are tons of breeds included in the book from pure bread to the gorgeous mixed dogs that usually come from shelters. The book isn't really about the breeds though, it is about the beloved toys of these dogs. The toys were so fun to discover from a poodle with a pink purse, black lab with a soccer ball to the tons of breeds with various stuffed lovies or blankies.

Even if you aren't a dog lover (I'm a cat person myself), you just can't help but smile with this book. It is wonderful for kids …

Review ~ One Time Wood + Discount

I was recently given a chance to try the One Time Wood Challenge.

One TIME® wood protector is a unique exterior wood protection formula that uses a proprietary acrylate resin blend to provide long-term protection from water and UV radiation.Unlike conventional exterior wood treatments, One TIME® penetrates deep into the substrate's cellular structure and cures in the natural sunlight. It can NOT evaporate or wash away like other products that simply coat the wood surface.One TIME can be used on virtually any exterior wood: *New or Old Wood
*Pressure-treated or Natural Wood
*Cedar, Pine or any other wood typeMaximum Benefits include:Protects wood for at least seven years from sun, water and other elements. This eliminates the need to reapply wood sealer every one to two years as is necessary with conventional products.100% solids and contains no solvents, silicones, oils, water, waxes, or VOCs.Penetrates into wood to become part of the wood's cel…

Giveaway ~ Chicken Soup for the Soul Moms & Sons

I have 2 copies of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Moms & Sons: Stories by Mothers and Sons, in Appreciation of Each Other to giveaway!

As numerous mothers know, raising boys can be an adventure. From baby blue blankets to first wedding dances, sons provide their mothers immeasurable amounts of joy - not to mention bruised knees to clean, rambunctious friends, and good-natured teasing. Written for mothers and "mama's boys" everywhere, "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Moms and Sons" (Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC., 978-1-935096-16-0, September 2008, $14.95) offer glimpses into the touching - and often funny - interactions between mothers and their boys, as grateful sons, single moms, and loving grandmothers all chime in to add their voices to this new collection.

To enter tell me something you love about being a mom or something you love about your mom!

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Review ~ Acting Out Can Can Musical Skirt

If you have girls, then you should know how much they enjoy dressing up. Both my girls have always loved it. It is actually one of the few things my 11 year old will still do with my 7 year old.

When I came across Acting Out, I instantly fell in love with their line of musical dress up skirts. How cute is that?

I was sent the new Musical Can Can skirt to test out.

Children (big and small) will have fun performing their own version of the stage act that originated in Paris in the mid 1800's. Skirt features an adjustable waistband which allows it to fit ages three to eight. Three AAA batteries included.

When I opened the box, I was beyond delighted. The skirt is gorgeous. Extremely well made, beautiful bright colors. It is nice and full as well, no flimsy dress up skirt here. It has the adjustable waste ~ it fit both Cami, my 7 year old and Alli, my 11 year old. They actually had a minor fight over the skirt, my tween…

The New Healthy Choice

Have you seen all the Healthy Choice commercials that have been running lately? They are trying to get the word out ~ There is a new Healthy Choice! They have taken a fresh approach to healthy eating, which does not include counting calories or being on a diet. Love that, don't you?

This year Healthy Choice introduced a fresh new look, along with reinvented and contemporary recipes, meals with positive nutrition and new all natural entrées, to make your meal decisions easy, and give you the great taste you crave and the nutrition your body needs.

The new line of Healthy Choice All Natural Entrées is filled with protein, whole grains, fiber and antioxidants to help promote heart and digestive health, all without preservatives, artificial flavors or colors, so that you can feel good about the food you eat and serve to your family.

The only brand in its category that can call 100% of its products "healthy" as approved by the FDA, Healthy Choice's complete line of nutri…