Saturday, June 7, 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.

Friday, June 6, 2008

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. My oldest came home with her shorts covered in signatures. To say, I was just a bit angry.

It is super hot, my computer is in a room without a fan, so have to go cool off.

I decided today that I would have a separate blog for contest listings. I will still hold giveaways on this blog though. Hopefully that will at least keep my posting a day down by one.

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 to you. If your purse or wallet are stolen, all you have to do is call Life Lock. They take care of the long task of canceling and notifying banks and credit cards for you.

What does all this cost then? It used to cost $10 a month or $110 a year. Life Lock is currently running a great promotion. You can try Life Lock for the first 30 days free, then it is only $9 a month or $99 for one year. That is a $21 savings on a year service!

They also offer a kids plan that is $2.25 a month or $22.50 a year (Savings of $7.50 for one year).

If you are looking for more information on this service, you can check out LifeLock Reviews.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Search & Win Prizes

Search & Win

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:

  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. GO GREEN AND EARN: Recycle your old phone or mp3 player, and earn Swag Bucks while you protect the environment! Simply click on the Go Green link found at the very top of the page. Based on your phone's make, model, and condition, we'll give you an estimate of the amount of Swag Bucks you can earn just by recycling your phone with us. We pay all expenses, including shipping, and there's no limit to how many phones you can recycle. Earn up to 300 Swag Bucks for each phone or mp3 player! Visit the Go Green page today to learn more.
You do need to register. I haven't received any kind of spam or weird emails since joining. I really am enjoying this program!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

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 super cheap by shopping the deals at CVS.

I just started using the mineral powder from Cover Girl. I like it, I never use foundation, so this helps smooth out my skin tone & helps my oily t-zone area. I also have the concealer that I use as needed (both those items were also free).
I just started using the Almay for hazel eyes. My eyes are green-blue hazel, but the green Almay was browns & I always wear browns. I liked the grays, so went with that. I paid .99 for that eyeshadow by the way.

Then I put eyeliner on my upper lid. I just started wearing black & it from Revlon. I normally just use brown from Wet and Wild. Yes I only, cheap but it works well for me & why pay more. I got the black for $3 but it also came with a quad eyeshadow that I had been wanting & black mascara.

Then I put on Black Mascara. I always wear that, even if I don't end up wearing make-up that day. Can't live without that. I'm using Max Factor right now. When I wear darker colors, I then add black eyeshadow under my eye. I usually don't do this if I'm wearing browns. I don't wear lipstick. I have super chapped lips, so I just use a clear gloss or Vaseline. I'm not wearing blush in these photos, when I do I like peaches/corals over pinks. I usually do my make up in 5 minutes, so I almost always skip blush.
Looking at the picture, I think I look better in blush. I might have to add that back to my routine, lol.

Ok now for my serious question, What age should girls start wearing make-up? I was allowed in 6th grade, but didn't start till 7th grade. My 10 year old is going into 6th grade is driving me nuts. The thing is, I have caught her wearing make up several times over this past school year. Every time, she has said, No I don't have make up on. I can SEE it though & even wipe it off. She will deny it over & over till finally after like 10 - 15 minutes of me non-stop telling her she better tell me the truth. I have allowed play make-up, but she can't go anywhere. She ends up using friends make-up though at school & over there houses.

I'm just not sure what to do about it. Do I just allow her to wear it or should I say no because of all the times she has lied or snuck make-up?

I'd love some input on this. Thanks in advance because I just know that all you make up wearing women & mommies want to help me out with my crisis {yes crisis, lol}

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 for the summer, and they give kids an incentive to read. Click the link to find the list of 2008 programs!

This year we are starting a Nature Notebook. You can find details here. I also like the girls to do a summer journal. They can write or draw pictures. Our school, does a journal, so it is nothing different for them out of school.

Scrapbook ~ Even if you don't scrapbook, they can be fun for kids. Give them some pics, cardstock, pattern paper & let them go at it. You can find 8.5 x 11 cardstock fairly cheap at Michael's & Joanns, plus it always go on sale!

Arts/Crafts ~ When it is rainy or just too hot to be outside. Do some crafts with your kids. There are tons of great sites with ideas.
  • The Crafty Crow ~ This is a great kids blog for arts & crafts
  • Junk Creation ~ This blog shows craft made out of, well junk. I think it is geared towards adults, but you can get ideas from it for kids as well.
  • Kaboose ~ Great site for crafts ideas, as well tons of other resources.
  • Kids Crafts CraftGossip

Beach/Park/Museums ~ Most areas have local things that are inexensive to go to. We are lucky enough to have 2 beaches that are fairly close. A summer beach pass is $20. One of them, the closer one has a great Sprinkler park but yucky water. The other one is a bit farther that has a great beach.

Take your kids to the park. If there isn't a park close by, you can usually use the school parks year round.

A lot of museums/science centers, etc will have special days during the summer that are discounted or possibly even free. We have went to many free activities at the Detroit Science Center. Right now at the library, you can get free passes to many Detroit places like the Art Museum, Cranbrook, Science center, etc. Check to see if a program is like that in your state.

Free or Discounted Movies ~ I know that a lot of movies theaters are doing free or discounted movies. I haven't looked into the lists yet, but I have seen them.

Dance/Gymnastics/Sports/Swim Lessons ~ I honestly can't speak for sports, but I didn't want to not include it. A lot of dance studios offer either summer classe or summer workshops/camps. They are usually discounted, so a great time to see if your child is interested. Our dance studio also offers summer Musical Theater Camps, so this is great for boys as well that aren't interested in actual dance. (It is like Drama class). Gymnastic classes are usually discounted at this time of year as well. You can even sometimes find Free one day classes to give you a chance to try out the Studio/Gymnasium.

Online Games ~ I like my kids outside as much as possible, but there are times that isn't possible. There are so many great online games out there for free. These are nice because they usually teach something as well. Webkinz & Club Penguin are other fun sites for kids.

One other thing I wanted to mention, SNACKS! If you can make some kind of snack area in your kitchen, this will save you some headaches. Set up some kind of guidelines for how many they can have a day/time period & let them get themselves. Otherwise it will be a non-stop Mom can I have a snack. Also, if they are old enough, set up some kind of system for drinks. Maybe make a pitcher of kool-aid that your kids can get to, or even better ice water :)

Remember, the summer is a time to relax. You don't want to overschedule kids, they get that during the fall/winter/spring.

What do you do with your kids in the summer?

Make sure to also read my article on Educational activities during Summer.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

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 mat
  • Shopping 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 pockets, 3 gift card/shopper loyalty sleeves, shopping pockets. It is so easy to open to put in coupons or take them out at the store. It is big enough to hold tons of coupons, yet still is easy to carry along. Especially since it has the carrying bag which is another one of my favorite features. I have my couponizer, scissors & even my Target reusable bag in mine!

Another thing that makes this product really great is the coupon stacker. It is color coded the same way as the booklet. You lay it out, sort out your coupons. Then you easily just stick each stack in the holders. Makes clipping & sorting coupons go very quickly.

There is a space for everything. The categories include:

First section
  • Shopping list
  • Coupons to be used on this shopping tri
  • Checkout {love this}
  • Coupons to expire this month
Grocery coupon section

  • Baby
  • Baking & Staples
  • Beverages
  • Bread & Bakery
  • Breakfast
  • Canned goods
  • Condiments, Dressings & Spices
  • Dairy
  • Frozen Foods
  • Health & Medicine
  • Household Cleaning
  • Household Maintenance
  • Meat &/or Vegetarian
  • Paper & Plastic
  • Pasta & Quick Meals
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Pet
  • Snacks
Other Coupons & Discounts

  • Entertainment, Leisure & Travel
  • Fast Food & Restaurant
  • Services
  • Shops & Retail
  • Sweepstakes, Refund & Rebate
  • Receipts
  • CoupTracker
  • CoupStacker
I really can't recommend this product enough. If you use coupons, this is a must have.

I have decided to track my coupon usage this month, I will update on my blog with my savings!

I'm linking this to The Coupon Binder Show & Tell

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 Tradewinds brand. Even though I have discovered how to make it, I can make it even sweeter at home, yum!

Long tank tops. They are great in the summer alone or layered with a second color. I wear them year round though under other tops and even under sweatshirts/hoodies in the winter. I found Walmart has nice ones for $4.50 in the junior section. Can't beat the price.
Skechers Heatwaves are my favorite summer flip flops. They are so comfortable!

Have to at least mention one Scrapbook product, I love my Scraprack for organizing all of my items. It is an awesome product, if you can budget it is well worth it. It is so easy to flip the pages to find what you need. It has also stopped me from buying doubles because I can see my products a lot easier now.

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 daughters play with. She is modest with a very classic beauty. She also looks great on display if your daughter doesn't want to play with her.

Amazon currently is selling her for $29.99 with free shipping if you go through Golden Key.

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 of
* BONUS PRIZE: 10 X 100 EC Credits to the top 10 best post - 10 winners to be chosen by Me
* Indonesian batik cloth to be sent to any address on regular mail 1winner courtesy of
* one 125 x 125 ad spot for one month - sponsored by
* 4 x 500 EC credit points - sponsored by Dance of
* 500 ec + ad spot 125x125 for 2 weeks -sponsored by
* 500 ec + ad spot 125x125 for 2 weeks -sponsored by Lourdes' Mia
* 500 ec + ad spot 125x125 for 2 weeks -sponsored by MOMEMO
* 500 EC credits- sponsored by Barefooted Me
* one 125 x 125 ad spot for one month- sponsored by Buhay 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, Congrats on your 100th post!

TopSpot Contest
Junkie Yard is holding a weekly contest worth $50 in prizes. Contest ends June 7th, good luck.

1st prize:
A top spot (125×125) advertising banner for a month.
1,000 EntreCard credits.

2nd prize:
A blogroll link for a month.
500 EntreCard credits.

3rd prize:
300 EntreCard credits.

For Everyone ~

Just a Mom's Take on Things is celebrating her 1st year bloggy anniversary, you can enter to win a 1GB Kingston Data Traveler ~ Ends June 8th She is also giving away a pretty green jewelry set on her main blog (which is actually the one celebrating theanniversary) here. Contest is for US residents only & ends June 8th. Congrats on your 1st year, great blog btw!

An Island Review is giving away a 30 day supply of
. Get your entry in before June 9th

For Girls ~

A window to my Crazy Life is holding a contest for a $10 or under prize from
Fat potato Designs!

An ordinary life is holding a contest for $25 GC
to SweetPeas Bowtique

Monday, June 2, 2008

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 Release
  • Aphasia Awareness Month (National)
  • Audiobook Month
  • Candy Month
  • Dairy 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 Awareness Week (National)
  • Fishing Week (National)
  • Headache Awareness Week (National)

Second Week of June:

  • Bathroom Reading Week (National): 2nd week in June
  • Clay Week (National)
  • Headache Awareness Week (National)
  • Hug Week (National)
  • Little League Baseball Week (National)
    • National Little League Baseball Week: "In 1959, on the 20th Anniversary of the founding of Little League Baseball, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed the week beginning the second Monday of June each year to be observed as National Little League Baseball Week with full support of the Congress. The proclamation was made in recognition of Little League's encouragement of young people "to develop a feeling of fair play, community spirit and respect for the discipline of rules and decisions." Source: Little League History, submitted by FLA
  • Men's Health Week (National)
  • National River Cleanup Week – June 7-15, 2008

Third Week of June:

  • no listings yet

Fourth Week of June:

  • Camping Week (National)
  • Eye Safety Awareness Week
  • Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week
  • Sobriety Checkpoint Week (National)

Other Weekly Observances in June (we're not sure which week):

  • Amateur Radio Week
  • Carpenter Ant Awareness Week
  • Flag Week (National)
  • Gay Pride Week
  • Hermit Week (National)
  • Small Business Week
  • Step Parents Week
  • Take Your Pet to Work Week
  • U.S. Equestrian Team National Horse Week

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 name a few plus Storytimes. Make sure to check your library. Everything is free, they are usually close by and the kids enjoy it. They also usually have programs for teens and adults as well. New York's library has a great website to check out.

  • Barnes and Nobel Summer Reading program ~ Kids in grades 1 through 6 can earn a free book by reading 8 books this summer. They’ll need to keep track of them in B&N’s Summer Reading Journal, and they need to write favorite part of book. Then turn in the completed journal between now and September 2nd to earn a free book from a list of selected children’s titles.

  • Reading Warriors ~ This program is for readers 8 and older. This program was created by the author of Cats in the Clan. There is a big 22 page pdf with all the facts of the program.

  • Scholastic Read & Dream Contest ~ Kids in pre-k through 8 who read and log 4 or more books from now until September 1st can enter to win a dream vacation to Disney World. If you log in 4 books, Scholastic will also donate 1 book to a child in need.

  • Bookworm Wednesday ~ We don't have a location near us, but maybe you do. Taken from website:

BOOKWORM WEDNESDAY is an annual fun and rewarding summer reading program developed to encourage young children to read during the summer months.

BOOKWORM WEDNESDAYS entitles kids to free admission to a select children's film every Wednesday during the summer months when they present a book report at participating theatres. Children under six who accompany a participant and adults who accompany a participant receive free admission to the Bookworm Wednesdays movie and do not need to submit a book report.

BookWorm Wednesdays runs June 25 - August 13, 2008. View BookWorm Film Schedule.

  • Feed Your Brain ~ Another one that I am not eligible for, but looks good. Kids ages 10 & under can earn a $3 half priced books shopping card or a Free kids buffet at CiCi's Pizza. Check out locations.

  • Commerce Bank ~ If you use Commerce Bank, kids that read 10 books over the summer will get $10 deposited in a new or existing Young Savers Bank.

If none of these interest you, consider making your own reading program. You could give $1 prizes, kids could earn trips to movies, out to eat, day at the beach, etc after reading X amount of books. Here is a great website that talks about hosting a Summer Reading Olympics.

Here is a great website with Summer Reading Lists, and another Summer Reading List website to check out.

If you know of any others please let me know. I'd also check with local banks, they may have a program like Commerce Bank does.

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's Favorite Things
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. Winner will be selected this Sunday June 8th.

Island Life is hosting a big Father's Day Giveaway. Giveaway #1 is up, go check it out. Chance to win a shirt of your choice from
From*me Tees. Winner will be selected June 7th. While there, you can also nominate your favorite blogs for the Most Popular Competition she is holding.

If you joining in the 5 minute shower challenge, you can try to win Shower Timers over at Green Mom Finds. Enter by June 10th.

Seven Dogs and a Baby are running a bunch of contests right now. You can win an AllyZabba blanket, enter by June 5th. You can also enter to win a pair of Baby Legs by June 4th.

Win a MomAgenda over at Livin' With Me, ends June 6th. These are wonderful by the way, I want one for 2008/2009 so bad!

Love Shak, baby has a great contest for a digital key chain. Ends June 11th.

Win goblet charms from The Daily Grind, winner will be announced June 6th.

Win a multi colored tunnel for kids from Amanda's blog, enter by the 20th of June.

TV Store Online Halloween Costume Giveaway

I didn't realize that the sold a huge line of Halloween costumes until recently. They are the place to go if yo...