Saturday, July 26, 2008

Blog Swap @ Rosey Little Things

Do you want to generate more traffic to your blog and meet new bloggers along the way? Then you need to participate in Rosey Little Things “Blog Swap”. She is keeping sign ups open until the 31st and assign partners on the first, so there is still time to join.


  1. Please leave your email and blog address in a comment on this post.
  2. Mention on your blog that you are participating in this swap, so others can join as well.
  3. Each person will receive three blog partners.
  4. You must visit your partners blog, check it out really well and leave a thought full comment.
  5. Once you receive a comment you may want to visit their blog as well as they are different than your partners you visit. Optional but nice:)
  6. Please visit your partners site with in four days.
  7. HAVE FUN!!
Head on over & join the fun!

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Review ~ Twilight by Stephanie Meyers

I think you would have to be blind to not hear all the talk about Twilight. Last month I had finally heard enough & decided to just read the book. I'm not a huge fan of Vampire books, but I do read some. It was a little wait at the library, but not to bad.

I have to say, this book turned out better then I expected. I highly enjoyed the book, had a hard time putting it down. It really surprised me because I'm not a big romance fan either. Somehow Bella & Edward captured me. One thing I liked is the way the author made vampires different then most vampire books. Very interesting. If you have been living under a rock, here is what amazon says about the book ~
"Softly he brushed my cheek, then held my face between his marble hands. 'Be very still,' he whispered, as if I wasn't already frozen. Slowly, never moving his eyes from mine, he leaned toward me. Then abruptly, but very gently, he rested his cold cheek against the hollow at the base of my throat."

As Shakespeare knew, love burns high when thwarted by obstacles. In Twilight, an exquisite fantasy by Stephenie Meyer, readers discover a pair of lovers who are supremely star-crossed. Bella adores beautiful Edward, and he returns her love. But Edward is having a hard time controlling the blood lust she arouses in him, because--he's a vampire. At any moment, the intensity of their passion could drive him to kill her, and he agonizes over the danger. But, Bella would rather be dead than part from Edward, so she risks her life to stay near him, and the novel burns with the erotic tension of their dangerous and necessarily chaste relationship.

Meyer has achieved quite a feat by making this scenario completely human and believable. She begins with a familiar YA premise (the new kid in school), and lulls us into thinking this will be just another realistic young adult novel. Bella has come to the small town of Forks on the gloomy Olympic Peninsula to be with her father. At school, she wonders about a group of five remarkably beautiful teens, who sit together in the cafeteria but never eat. As she grows to know, and then love, Edward, she learns their secret. They are all rescued vampires, part of a family headed by saintly Carlisle, who has inspired them to renounce human prey. For Edward's sake they welcome Bella, but when a roving group of tracker vampires fixates on her, the family is drawn into a desperate pursuit to protect the fragile human in their midst. The precision and delicacy of Meyer's writing lifts this wonderful novel beyond the limitations of the horror genre to a place among the best of YA fiction. (Ages 12 and up) --Patty Campbell

One thing that has me concerned is the way Bella can't seem to function without Edward. With this being a teen book, that seems a bit much. I took it that she was sort of be spelled by him being a Vampire. I guess I got that from Kim Harrison's books, were the vampires can let out pheromones. I know that isn't discussed in Meyers book, but it helped me not get annoyed by it. Regardless, I still give Twilight an A, I really enjoyed it for a Young Adult book

The movie is coming out December 12th. You can see the Twilight trailer at the official site. I've heard it compared to Harry Potter which I don't understand at all. I will have to try and search on the comparisons to see why people think they are similar.

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Review ~ Street Science School Supplies

I received this cute notebook from Street Science's new line of trendy school supplies for tweens and teens. My daughter loved the colors as soon as she saw the notebook and was very excited that something came in the mail for her! She can't wait to use her new notebook in middle school this year. Her favorite part is the pocket, she kept saying "Look there is a pocket, Sweet!"

It is a one subject notebook, 70 pages, 2 pockets and 1 divider. If your child's school only allows certain colors, these would make great journals for kids at a great price!

Taken from press release ~

For Back to School 2008, Street Science’s revolutionary school supplies takes learning to new heights! With a fresh and modern approach promoting individuality, creativity and knowledge to the fashion inspired, music adorning and tech savvy generation, this new collection featuring notebooks, 3-Ring Binders, folders and composition books make the grade! The line inspired by Hip Hop Culture, Retro Fashion, Xtreme Sports and Technology is sure to create a motivational movement among young adults today and for generations to come.

Using an authentic approach and based on the philosophy that there is a “science” to everything thus opportunities to learn all around us, Street Science delivers in the most unexpected format and the Fall review reflects this in five groups: Beat Street - pays tribute to hip hop’s influence on pop culture and today’s trends, while Droppin Jewels - shows that knowledge is a commodity. The Blue Print - takes the curiosity of how something’s made by turning it inside out on the cover. Prints& Patterns - is a spin on today’s mix of classic and contemporary style. Camo - symbolizes a popular pattern on the streets and represents the history of a protective concealment turned fashion statement.
“At Street Science we believe that the pursuit of knowledge begins with a spark of inspiration; Street Science is more than a brand, it’s a lifestyle statement” says Founder Joseph Anthony. “You can’t deny the influence that urban and pop culture has on today’s youth. We are just leveraging the power of that culture to inspire students to want to learn”.

With their pioneering product, Street Science is not only opening a new gateway to learning but is giving back to the education community. With a strong commitment, Street Science has established the Street Science Foundation which takes a portion of proceeds from each item sold and makes donations that help support improvements in the school system.

Coming to stores this summer, Street Science products retail from $1.99 to 4.99 and will be sold in K-mart, Duane Reade and at most retailers where school supplies are sold as well as and

My daughter and I both give Street Science 5 stars. I will be purchasing more from this line. The last time I checked, I have not seen it in stores yet, a small portion of it is on Amazon's website though.

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Review & Giveaway ~ Lands' End Backpack

Lands' End was recently in contact with me and offered me a great opportunity to test out the brand new Cordura StudyHaul Backpack. The very next day, UPS was knocking on my door first thing in the morning with 2 of the Red StudyHaul backpacks. One to test out and the other for one of my lucky readers!

Cordura® StudyHaul is made for kids who are tough on packs. It's made of Cordura nylon, which resists tears and abrasions better than other standard pack cloth. In fact, it's three times more durable than standard polyester, and two times more durable than standard nylon. The pack is also made for ultra-organizers. Compartments on both sides give them plenty of pockets for all their school supplies and more. Plus, an exterior stash pocket gives them a handy place to store a light jacket, notebook, or book. A big main compartment stores plenty of books. 100% Cordura nylon. 17"Hx13 1/2"Wx6 1/2"D. 1490 cu. in. Spot clean. Imported.
Tough and organized.
  • Side pockets have compartments for all their supplies
  • Stash pocket keeps smaller items handy
  • Wide-opening top is easy to load
  • Cordura® nylon resists tears and abrasions better than standard pack cloth
  • Reflective trim helps make them visible
  • C-shaped padded shoulder straps fit kids better
  • MP3/CD player pouch & cord port for tunes
My daughter couldn't wait to pull it out of the box. As soon as i got it out of the wrapper, she put it on. It is a really good size. My daughter loved it, which kind of surprised me because she is very girly, plus it seemed a bit big to me. I felt It fit a lot better on my almost 11 year old. You can feel the durability of the pack as soon as you pick it up. Even the zippers are heavy duty.

There are several pockets, tons of room for all your school supplies. With all the pockets, it would be hard not to be organized. The inside consists of the one large area for books/folders, etc. Then there are pockets on each side, one of them having the cord port for mp3 player. There is also an extra pocket in the front.

One thing I really like are the straps. They are the C-shaped shoulder straps and they are padded nicely. This is a really great bag! It retails for $39.50 on the Website. I think this bag would work best for middle school or high school students. Unless your elementary school student is very rough with their bags. Lands' End has a full line of backpacks for any need your student could come up with. If you are unsure of your needs, they have a great backpack guide you should check out.

FREE SHIPPING CODE: Good from July 24-30
Code: BACKPACK PIN: 2784

Win it ~ Lands' End was kind enough to send me an extra Red Studyhaul backpack to give to one lucky reader of Mom of 2 Dancers. The contest will run from now to August 3rd at midnight.

Since Lands' End was so generous, please take a moment to check out their site. Come back here and tell me one or more items you like for back to school time. Your entry will be disqualified if you do not mention something from their site. Please note, it does not have to be a backpack, it can be clothing, shoes, backpacks, lunch boxes, anything that you would purchase for back to school or even fall if you don't have anyone in school :)

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Zenni Optical $8 Glasses ~ Great deal!

I've needed glasses since 6th grade. I switched to contacts in high school, but still need glasses for night, etc. If you have ever purchases glasses, they usually run over $300+ I've actually spent well over $500 on a pair before. I was pretty excited when I came across Zenni Optical $8 Rx Eyeglasses! My insurance does cover a pair of eyeglasses every year, but it is nice to have more then one pair. Especially if you are like me and lose your glasses. I don't wear them often, so I often misplace them.

Zenni Optical has frames from $8 and up. They sell many styles including kids glasses. Check out the Incredible Stylish New Frames From Zenni. Shipping is flat $4.95 per order, no matter how many you order.

Zenni Optical was on FOX news! Make sure to watch the video, it totally explains the entire process of ordering. According to the testing results, it seems this is a great website for older kids and most likely adults with easier prescriptions. If you watch the video, the boys lenses come out thicker then what is original pair is. I know from switching from DOC to the eye doctor my insurance covers, my lenses came out a lot thicker as well. I think Zenni Optical will be a great choice for my next pair of glasses!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Review ~ Huddy Buddy Cool Shirts fo Hip kids

Huddy Buddy is a Canadian company that sells hip threads for cool kids. The company got started after Huddy Buddy {the kid} was born in 2003. His parents soon realized that Huddy Buddy looked like all the other kids at the playground. His parents set out to make company, with daddy designing. Luckily with a new baby girl, they added a girls line and a line of comfy pants.

They have an adorable line of onesies, t-shirts, long sleeved shirts, leggings, lounge pants for boys and girls + a twin line. They have a unique style that you won't find anywhere else.
The clothing is made of 100% cotton, ethically-made garments, hand screened in small batches with the finest inks.

Huddy Buddy caters more towards babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. They do have some tops that go up to size 8 {at time of this post}. I was told the shirts run small, so they sent my size 6 daughter, a size 8. The top fits her great, it is roomy so I think she will be able to get a few years out of it. The top is very soft, she really loves it. She also loves the design "Play it Loud" just perfect with her Hannah Montana phase :) My soon to be 11 year old got pretty mad when we opened this package. She LOVES the design, it actually is what prompted this post. The top also washes well. I've washed it twice and have no fading, shape issues, etc. I have not dried it, so I am not sure if it would shrink in the dryer. I tend not to dry my kids clothing.

Huddy Buddy is currently running a summer sale through July 31st. They are offering 25% off a wide selection of summer tees and onesies for boys and girls. This would be a great time to get some Hip shirts for your little one.

Shipping and handling fees are the same for US and Canada, with orders over $100 having free shipping. They also offering international shipping.

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Arts Cow Photo Book Deal Coupon Codes

Arts Cow gave me 10 coupon codes for 1 free 8x8 photo book credit with 12 month expiration time.

Each code is good for one use, I will remove if they are used.

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If you are new to Arts Cow, you get 400 free prints for signing up! I've been ordering for a few months now & have been really happy with them. They give you tons of free credits for various things every few weeks. I have credits right now that I plan on using for Xmas gifts like photo ornaments, cigarette case, keychains. I've ordered a necklace already (with half off coupon code) and it is really pretty :)

If you end up putting the coupon code in your account, leave a comment so I can cross it off.

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Getting ready for kindergarten

If you have a pre-school age child, you really want to start getting them ready for kindergarten sooner then later. With my oldest daughter, when we went to the kindergarten orientation, we were told "Oh she just needs to know how to write her name." I thought oh this is going to be great, she could write her name, knew her alphabet, was able to hold great conversations and much more. Boy were we surprised when we got our list home on everything kindergartens need to know now. When I was in Kindergarten, it was more social then learning. Now pre-school is social, and kindergarten is more comparable to 1st grade.

My daughter unfortunately struggled through kindergarten. We didn't have a very good teacher, so we hoped that was the reason. She ended up struggling in 1st as well. She never struggled enough to qualify for any help, so it was up to us to help her along.

Now I am an advocate for parents to start teaching preschool children early. There are many great programs out there. Funetics is one program, they use phonics to build a strong foundation for reading. They are so sure that you will be happy with the service, that there is a full guarantee. You can also
Try out 3 lessons free, and discover why Funetics has been teaching preschool children to read for decades! They have actually been around since 1969!

TV Store Online Halloween Costume Giveaway

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