Saturday, March 29, 2008

Dying Easter Eggs 2008

Finally getting around to getting the Easter egg pics up on the ol blog. We did them Saturday night. Almost forgot with Easter so early. I had some of the one that you roll around in a bag & then another box with the same dye that you sponge on the eggs. The girls had fun. The bag was kind of messy & I wouldn't do again. The sponge one was cool, but next year we will use regular dye again that you dunk in water.
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Meet Stickman at Kettering U

Have you seen the great videos that Kettering U have been making? This one is my favorite even though it was a hard choice to pick one! Second is the Star Wars video.

Such a funny video, I can totally see it appealing to high school students. It covers so many aspects of making that hard choice of what to do after high school, but in a very funny way.

One of our family friends is considering going into mechanical engineering, and he is considering Kettering U. Not only is the college located in Flint, Michigan, but they offer a great co-op program for undergraduate students. The program was established back in 1919, when the school first opened its doors as the School of Automotive Trades. Students start working right in the freshmen year. The combination of theory taught classes and gaining experience through work are equally important to Kettering U.

Did you know that US News and World Report has ranked Kettering University as "the #1 University in the nation for Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering" in its annual "America's Best Colleges Guide for 2008". US News Best Colleges, that is pretty impressive.

Choosing a college and a career are so important and personal. I encourage you to visit Kettering University's excellent website. There is a ton of information, plus you can apply online. Find out about their academic programs, learn about co-ops, learn what you need to do to be a future student. There is even a section for employers that want to use the co-op program. If you are a student or former student, please share your thoughts on Kettering University. Be sure to check out the great you tube clips (search Kettering Stickman), they are very funny totally worth the time.

Reminder: Earth Hour is tonight

On March 29, 2008 at 8 p.m., join millions of people around the world in making a statement about climate change by turning off your lights for Earth Hour, an event created by the World Wildlife Fund.

Earth Hour was created by WWF in Sydney, Australia in 2007, and in one year has grown from an event in one city to a global movement. In 2008, millions of people, businesses, governments and civic organizations in nearly 200 cities around the globe will turn out for Earth Hour. More than 100 cities across North America will participate, including the US flagships–Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix and San Francisco and Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. View cities involved around the world.

We invite everyone throughout North America and around the world to turn off the lights for an hour starting at 8 p.m. (your own local time)–whether at home or at work, with friends and family or solo, in a big city or a small town.

What will you do when the lights are off? We have lots of ideas.

Join people all around the world in showing that you care about our planet and want to play a part in helping to fight climate change. Don’t forget to sign up and let us know you want to join Earth Hour.

One hour, America. Earth Hour. Turn out for Earth Hour!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Finally got Best of Becky Higgins Sketch Book

Yes I finally got a copy of Best of Becky Higgins Sketch book. I have been dying for it since the release. I had my dad get it for my birthday, I was even nice & gave him a 40% off Michaels coupon for it, lol.

The book is awesome, highly recommended! I already had the first 2 magazine additions, but I really wanted them all in one place. I also liked that it is Spiral bound.

Product Description
Becky Higgins is well known for her beautiful page designs, classic and timeless layouts, and her easy-to- follow scrapbook-page sketches. Becky states that it is so much easier to start a layout when you've got a great plan in place. It's easier to complete more layouts when you don't have to create your own design from scratch. And, it's easier to be creative with your page accents and color choices when you don't have to worry about whether or not your design is solid.

Becky came up with 200 new layouts for all the sketches. Each sketch has one layout to go with it. The original mags have at least 3. Each section is tabbed with number of photos which is nice.

If you scrapbook this is a great resource. You can also get her sketches online at the Creating Keepsakes website. Another great Sketch resource is Becky Fleck!

Spring Reading Thing 2008

March 20th, through June 19th

Click on the banner to see details.

My List

Roses are Red James Patterson
Violets are Blue James Patterson
7th Heaven James Patterson
Crime seen : a psychic eye mystery
Dying to decorate: a novel
A Fist full of Charms by Kim Harrison

Way more to come!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

WFMW: Easter Baskets

WfmwsmallMy WFMW tip for today is about a month or more too late, but I'm posting it anyways :)

Every year for Easter, I always try to find something that can be used all year round. I love baskets, so the last few years I have found rectangle baskets on sale at JoAnns (under $7 each) for the girls that can be used for storage during the year. The brown baskets are new, but the pastel ones currently hold my oldest daughters Webkinz & my youngest daughters panties. Ok, don't laugh, she does not have a dresser, lol.

Two years ago, I found these great fabric covered hat boxes. I put the lid on the bottom & then stuck the box into a gift basket bag, so that it would hold on the goodies. Later the girls were able to put special "treasures" into the hat boxes to store. They were very cute & again I found those at Joanns on clearance for $3.99 each!

It is a good idea to keep an eye out during the year to find a really great deal. I personally use forget, but almost always find something in February that works. Hope that helps & next year I will have to try to remember to post this BEFORE Easter, lol.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Another bloggy party ~ Mommies United

I'm totally late coming into this, but looks like so much fun had to join in! I love mommy blogs, being a mom of 2 I guess. Since becoming a Stay at home mom in January 2002, I enjoy my online friendships very much :)

Christine, Kristin, Amanda, and Shanda are the faces of Mommies United!

Come and join them as they celebrate their launch, where there will be games to play and TONS of great prizes!

If you have never been to my blog before, my name is Ginny. I hope you will take the time to read some of my posts. I have 2 daughters ages 6 & 10. I've been married for over 10 years. I'm a stay at home mom, that sells on ebay for some extra money. Most of my evenings are spent at both my daughters dance studio. They are really into dance & my oldest just started competing this year. Luckily both girls are now in school full time, so I do have some alone time during the school days, yeah! I love to read & scrapbook & of course spend time online.

Mommies United are giving away a ton of fab prizes ~ My Top 4 choices are:

Positive Chicks is giving a Hoodie and tote
Fuzzy Me is giving 1 birthday TUTU
Girl Mogul is giving 10 sets of Mother, child shirts, (their choice of design) and 3 $20 gift cards to her site! Also a 10% coupon - the code is gmmu1001 for 10% off purchases throughout the MEGA Launch! ~ I did a review for Girl Mogul, check it out here.
Natural Pod are offering a house play pack, with various items for imaginative house play to the value of $150.00

Monday, March 24, 2008

Survey Sites that I like ~ Quick & Easy ways to make some extra Cash

My survey is one of my favorites. 1,000 points = $10. They also have gifts you can redeem for, but I always cash out at $10. A lot of surveys, say they offer 10 points, but they can lead to higher point surveys if you qualify. I have been using them for years & really enjoy the surveys. I have also tested a ton of products including baby, household, health/beauty, food, etc. You also get points for referring friends, so click on the above banner if you are interested in signing up.

Pinecone Research is another favorite. I believe you have to find a banner for that one. When I signed up years ago I found the banner from a coupon board site (bigbigforums). They pay $5 with each survey. I have also tested some products.

Epoll is another one. They seem to have more entertainment type surveys which are a lot of fun. They have a wide range of products to redeem points for. I recently redeemed for a Target gift card, and I usually get Amazon GC's.

Partner-ship Plus is one I really enjoy. You do one survey a month which is a log of all the clothing you have bought or received for yourself each month. You get 200 points each month + a 50 point early bird bonus if you do the survey within the first few days of the month (5 I believe). They also give bonus points at the end of each year depending on how many surveys you have completed. It is quick & easy. They have a higher payout, but it is nice getting a $75 check. I think it takes me just over a year, but like I said, it is quick & easy. They also send out bonus surveys every once in awhile.

Below is a list of check values and points needed:

  • $75 - 4250 points
  • $100 - 5500 points

Below is a list of Reward Choice Certificate values and points needed:

  • $10 - 800 points
  • $15 - 1200 points
  • $20 - 1500 points
  • $30 - 2000 points
  • $50 - 3000 points
  • $75 - 4250 points
  • $100 - 5500 points
Survey Savvy is another one, they come & go for me.

I've also used SurveySpot & Bzzagent. I don't get as much out of those. Gozing has never paid me & Greenfield online has mainly turned to sweepstakes so I have quit using them.

You can also find a list of top survey sites & info on them at Survey Police.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter

The kids woke up to nice big baskets. Both were very happy with their new Webkinz. Then they did an Easter egg hunt. Went ok, but Cam freaks if she thinks Aly is getting more, lol. Then they each put in a Webkinz. The pink poodle Webkinz is the April Pet of the Month, so they are both waiting on that one.

The kids ended up going with my parents to my grandma's house. I decided to stay home. I need to get my Easter stuff organized to go up in the Attic. I bought some new Easter totes, to make it a bit easier to store. We re-use a lot of stuff each year like the plastic eggs, etc. Baskets, lately I have been trying to buy them ones that can be re-used during the year. Last year I found something to similar to above but in pinks/purples, very pretty. Those above & the ones from last year were from JoAnns. You can find some good deals, but have to look. A lot of times, they charge a fortune & then put them at 70% off to get them done to a regular price. I ended up getting these ones for $6.98 a piece, plus I think I had a 10% off coupon for Presidents day or something.

Well I have to get some stuff done around the house before kiddos come back. Luckily they only have tomorrow off, then back to school Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Will help me to get the house back in order before their real spring break vacation starts next week.

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