Saturday, August 30, 2008

Precious Moments Giveaway

I received my first Precious Moments for my first Christmas. It was a little girl in a stocking, says Baby's first Christmas 1978. My grandma has a huge collection of Precious Moments, so this was a common gift growing up.

Now the Precious Moments company has made a website just for moms called Precious Moms. The site is chock full of information. My favorite feature is the Precious Party Package. This section is to help you with all your birthday planning needs. It will assist you with themes, invitations, checklists, thank you notes, and everything in between. Whether it’s an intimate celebration of immediate family members or a huge school function, the Precious Party Package will help make your planning tasks a little easier.

The Precious Moms site isn't just about birthdays or even just about the Precious Moments figures. It also offers great advice in celebrating other special moments like graduation, first communion, slumber parties, baby showers, and much more! They also have great recipes to share, back to school resources & homeschool resources, fun family activities, charitable causes, cool parenting tools and so much more.

To celebrate this cool site, Precious Moments and BSM Media have generously donated an adorable “Birthday Wishes with Hugs and Kisses” figurine to one lucky winner. There are lots of ways to enter this contest this time.

Step 1 ~
  • To get your first entry, please stop by Precious Moms site and look around.
  • Come back here and tell me something you liked about the website or one of the figurines you would like to buy.
  • You must do this step, I have to have at least 1 comment from you with something about the Precious Moms site.
  • Entries will be accepted until September 20th at midnight
Now for the extra entries. You may do one or all of these. Just remember you have to do Step 1 for any of these extras to count. Everything counts as 1 extra entry unless otherwise noted.

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  • If you can think of anything else, just let me know. I am open to anything :)
If you sign up through any of my referral links, that will count towards every contest I have in the future as well. I have several coming up, including some books, gift cards, blog redesign & more.

Good luck, remember contest ends September 20th at Midnight

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Friday, August 29, 2008

NOODLEBORO Learning to Share Fun Park Game

Thanks to Mom Central & Hasbro, we were able to test out one of the new Noodleboro games by Hasbro. We were sent ~ Learning to Share Fun Park Game.

Features from the website ~

Helping preschoolers learn about social skills just got a little bit easier and a lot more fun! NOODLEBORO games let you nurture kids’ social skills naturally through multi-sensory play that leaves everyone laughing!

Each NOODLEBORO game comes with a storybook and an audio CD so kids can see, hear, play and then live each NOODLEBORO life lesson.

Meet the NOODLEBORO kids and reinforce listening with songs, stories and tips found in the companion book and CD.

Game for playtime!

Come one, come all to the Park – a place filled with midway games and carnival fun. In this game, kids play together to collect as many sharing stars as they can before the park closes. It’s all about having fun and helping friends by sharing. Book for storytime! The Fun Park is in town and Curtis has his heart set on winning a special prize! But a shove from Pushy Pete sends his hopes down the drain. Find out how the NOODLEBORO kids use sharing to save the day.

Audio CD for anytime! Play the CD to get kids laughing, singing and sharing with a story and silly songs form NOODELBORO’s all-kid radio station!

My Take ~ My daughter had a lot of fun playing this game. It teaches such a great concept, this would be such an excellent game to play with your 4 year old when they are still working on learning the skill of Sharing. The game is filled with midway games and carnival fun kids, the goal is to collect as many stars as possible before the park closes. One cute feature is if you already have a fun prize, when you get a 2nd, you are supposed to share it with someone else playing. My daughter also enjoyed making her own games with the pieces. She likes to take 3 of the tent tops, put something under it & then move it around and make me guess where the item is. Like those magic/card tricks. I love that she uses her imagination with the pieces, when she has nobody to play the game with. The game is very nicely made!

All of the Noodleboro games are available at Amazon.

Noodleboro Fun Park Sharing Game
Noodleboro Pizza Palace Listening Game
Noodleboro Picnic Basket Manners Game

Mom Central is raffling 200 Noodleboro games off to Moms who sign up through the link below. We would love to invite your readers to sign-up and enter to win. Please include the link below to lead readers to the contest entry page.

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McCain picks his VP ~ Sarah Palin

Well I blogged about Obama making his pick, so why not blog about McCain. The day after I posted that, I actually had a subscriber leave because I was offensive. I got a kick out of that.

I was at the hospital today waiting for my mom to get a test done when McCain was making his announcement. I couldn't believe how many people started gathering around the tv. Not only people waiting for a patient like I was, but workers as well. It was kind of interesting to hear what other people thought about it. Most were not happy (they were all republican & only one guy was happy with vp choice). One lady stormed off & said "We might as well just give it to Obama right now" Another lady kept on saying, I don't know her, nobody knows her. Then a man was telling us all about her, he seemed quite happy with the choice.

The women that kept saying nobody knew her, said it was a good way to get the Hillary voters. I sure hope that isn't true. Being a Hillary supporter, I couldn't see myself turning away from my beliefs just to vote for a women VP. The reason I liked Hillary was not because she is a Women at all. It was because I agreed with her on many issues.

I'm not sure how I feel on the matter though. My initial feeling though was that McCain now has a better chance of winning over Obama. It is like a game, it was obvious the voters want some kind of change & with how popular the "women" choice & the "black" choice was, McCain had to get in on that action. It will be interesting to watch how it all turns out. On a side note, Palin is very pretty. It is nice to see a women in office that actually has {long} hair. It seems most women with any kind of power cut their hair short. I liked seeing a women actually look like a women, and be a strong women. If only we agreed on the issues :)

* Just in case, looks mean nothing to me in politics, just stating I thought she was pretty *
* Also nothing wrong with short hair *
* Since I'm giving disclaimers, I will also say yes I am pro-choice but I feel terrible about abortion (for both the fetus/unborn baby & the Mother that has to make that choice). I just believe women should have a choice with what they do, it is a personal choice that you have to make on your own. I'd love to see some more education coming through for girls/young adults/women in helping them to better understand different choices they can make with forms of birth contril, pregnancy, adoptions etc. Something that might possible lower the abortion rate, but not take it away. If it is banned, we will just have more women dying from back street abortions, it will never stop. *

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Declutter Challenge Week #3

Day 23 ~ This skirt that fits my dd funny

Day 24 ~ My daughters backpack from last year

Day 25 ~ Barbie that my youngest broke her head off & tried hiding from me

Day 26 ~ a bag of stuffed animals

Day 27 ~ 2 tote bags that were older & needed to go

Day 28 ~ A bunch of earrings with no matches, haven't found them yet, probably never will

Day 29 ~ Photo album that wasn't in good shape

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Having fun writing Checks with Carousel Checks

Let's be honest, check writing is not fun. When you write a check, that means that money is leaving your wallet. It makes it worse when you are using the standard bank checks, talk about boring. That is when Carousel Checks steps in makes writing checks a bit more fun. Plus it does not cost much which is always a bonus in my book.

You can Order Checks for your personal or business needs and get exactly what you want at a an affordable price. Carousel Checks offers a large selection of laser and business checks, deposit tickets, checkbook covers, address labels, self-inking stamps and personal checks in single or duplicate styles with a ton of design options. There are over 125 choices in personal checks with many designs starting at only $3.89 a box for single checks. They also offer 7 designs of checks at only $2.89 a box for a half order of checks. I thought that was pretty cool since many people use online bill pay for the majority of their check writing.

Even if all that sounds great, Why Carousel checks? That is easy, because they are committed to providing you with the highest quality prices. They focus on specialty items that you will not find with other check printers. All of their designs are copyrighted and/or licensed from the particular artist, amusement park or company. Carousel checks also cares about the customer, they want you to contact them if you have any questions at all. They are happy to assist the customer when ever possible. Carousel checks understands that the customer is passionate about what they do, and they want to be there for their customers!

The checks all include the following important security features ~

  1. Padlock Icon: This icon insures you that security enhancements are being used in accordance with Financial Stationers Association guidelines.
  2. MP Signature Line: The MP icon indicates that micr-security print is used in the design. This is very small print that will break up if photocopied.
  3. Rear Panel: The reverse side of the check describes some of the security features incorporated in the check design
  4. The Carousel Checks online store protects your transactions with the highest levels of security.
Now about my favorite feature from Carousel checks, they offer Photo Checks. How great is it to be able to add your favorite image, graphic or photo to your checks? You can use as many images you want to rotate in your checks. The first image is included in the order price and additional images are very affordable. You can view your proofs online before completing your order so you know exactly what you're getting. They also have one of their photo professionals look at every image to make sure it is the best possible photo check for you. This would be a great service if you have a small business as well, upload your business graphic to your checks. That would make your small business look that much more professional. Nobody has to know how affordable it really is.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

School Updates ~ Orientations & such

Last week Alli took a getting ready for middle school class. It was a really nice introduction to the school. It is a newer school & set up really funky. She got familiar with it & now knows her way pretty good. Plus they got tons of time to practice the dreaded locker combination! I'm so glad I decided to put her in the class.

Monday was orientation. She got her school pics done & her student id. It came out really nice, so I'm glad I came up with some cash to order a package. I spoke with the school and they are letting me pay the book deposit late. Which worked out because I didn't have enough & I really wanted a copy of the picture. Even if I didn't do the picture, I wouldn't have had enough, so I guess it worked out. Her schedule is pretty good, we walked the route. Her first 10 weeks will be crazy because she has to go to one side, then to another side & then back to the middle. The last half of the day is all right in the same area + by the bus area. Her 6th hour teacher said the kids like having a class by the bus so they don't freak out about missing the bus everyday.

Turns out her english teacher was my home ec teacher. She was really nice + my brother said he had her for reading & she was actually his favorite teacher. My daughter struggles with english, so I'm glad she has a good teacher. She does have some known mean teachers, so I've been talking to her about ways of handling it, etc.

Cami had her open house today, I have't uploaded any pics yet. Her teacher seems really nice. She is pregnant with a baby boy due near Christmas. I'm bummed because she will be out at least 2 months, but she does plan on coming back so that is good. This happened to Ali in 3rd grade & Cami in Kindergarten, so I'm a bit annoyed. Only for selfish reasons though. We have a school full of young teachers. I love it, but those dang pregnancy's, lol.

We are all getting excited though, they go back after labor day. I'm looking forward to it a bit, especially since our pool burst the other day. I'm so not looking forward to the homework though, that is going to suck royally. My oldest hates homework & has major struggles. My youngest is pretty good, but if she is tired she is so stubborn & crabby. Fun fun fun!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

It is getting to be Halloween Costume Time!

When I was little Christmas was of course my favorite holiday, but now that I am adult ~ Halloween is my favorite time of year. Fall has always been one of my favorite seasons, so it just makes sense for Halloween to be a favorite holiday. It is becoming more popular, so you can start decorating earlier. I just love all the scary decorations.

Plus it is fun, who doesn't love dressing up? Especially when you are an adult, this is one time of year to let loose, dress up in a costume & just have fun. Without the stress of buying presents, it is so easy to enjoy Halloween! I've been browsing around Costume Cauldron today trying to decide what costumes to get myself, hubby and the girls this year.

I think this year I want to dress up as a fairy. I love the Midnight velvet fairy costume. I tried getting my oldest daughter to get the child version last year but she ended up finding a genie costume at the dance studio she wanted. It was being sold for only $8, so who could pass this up. I was pretty excited to find an adult Halloween costume version of the Midnight fairy! Another cute choice is the Wicked dark fairy. I love the purple underneath the skirt. That costume with the Midnight fairy wings would be totally perfect for me. There are so many choices though, I will probably be checking out the site several times before deciding. I also found a cute Autumn Nymph, but I think that is too cold for Michigan, even if I stay indoors.

My husband has been wanting one of those Michael Myers rubber masks for years now. I was surprised to see the entire adult costume for only $30.73! He is going to be so excited, seriously he has been wanting to buy just the mask since we have been together.

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Salba Smart’s 100-calorie Bite Size Organic Tortilla Chips

It is back to school time, part of that includes providing snacks for your kids. I don't know about your school, but our school district allows a small snack to be brought in for a snack time that is between morning & lunch. If your school doesn't do this, then there is still lunch snacks to think about. One of my struggles is sending things that my kids enjoy, that are still healthy for them. There is a brand new snack out there that fits the bill, Salba Smart’s 100-calorie Bite Size Organic Tortilla Chips.

We were sent a big box of these snack packs recently. My daughters both really like them & have been begging to eat them. Always a good sign, especially with my oldest who has a major sweet tooth. I hate a bag and they are super good. They would be amazing with some salsa for home! My brother even snatched a bag and liked them, he is the fast food King, so a good sign of quality product.

The best part of these chips is the Omega-3 which has tons of great qualities. Omega-3 fatty acids play in the health, brain development, and behavior of children, but getting kids to eat foods like salmon, flax seeds and walnuts isn’t always easy.
Salba Smart Natural Products offers a full line of tasty snacks made from Salba® - Nature’s Perfect Whole Food. The most nutrient dense variety of Salba is the richest whole food source of Omega-3 fatty acids and fiber found in nature.

Deficiency in Omega-3s has been linked to ADHD, vision problems, depression and violent behavior in children. According to the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, children with ADHD taking supplements of Omega-3 fatty acids: EPA and DHA, showed improvements in central ADHD symptoms like inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, during a 2007 study. Every serving of Salba provides over 3,000 mg of Omega 3’s and over 5000 mg of dietary fiber. It is also high in antioxidants, protein, calcium and iron.

“Ounce for ounce whole Salba grain provides three times more iron than spinach, 15 times more magnesium than broccoli, and six times more calcium than whole milk,” said Rally Ralston, managing partner of Salba Smart. “Salba grain is the only food that is part of each of the six groups of the USDA Food Guide Pyramid, and we have made it easy for parents to incorporate this essential food into their children’s diet with Salba products that meet the demands of busy, on-the-go lifestyles,” he added.

Salba Smart’s products include ideal lunch box solutions: 100-calorie Bite Size Organic Tortilla Chips (0.7oz); All Natural Whole Wheat Tortillas (10.5oz, 12.4oz, 20.8oz); and Pretzels made with organic flour in Sticks (7oz) and Thin Twisted (7oz). Its Whole Grain (12.7oz) and Ground Salba (6.4oz) can also be added to everyday foods such as cereal, pancakes and smoothies.

Other Salba Smart products include USDA Organic Tortilla Chips in White Corn, Blue Corn and Yellow Corn flavors (8oz); and Organic Salsa in Mild, Medium and Hot flavors (12oz). All products contain 0g of trans fats, and are gluten free (except tortillas and pretzels) and Certified Non GMO.

Salba Smart can be found at Whole Foods Market, Wild Oats, Vitamin Cottage, Wegman’s and other natural foods stores. It can also be ordered online at Amazon.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Save 10% on Couponizer + Free book limited supply

You might remember my review of the Couponizer, I'm still using it & love it. Right now there is a sale going on! Get a 10% off discount to the entire order. Expires 10/15/08

To apply the code, simply enter it in the coupon code box on the online order form or mention it when ordering by phone.

Plus with each Couponizer order comes a copy of the book "Greatest Secrets of the Coupon Mom" by Stephanie Nelson, an $18 value for FREE, while supplies last.

I also have the Giftionizer & really like that as well, so check it out at the site!

If you need help getting really cool info on coupons and deals of your own to fill your couponizer with, then visit The Coupon Coup!

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sunny's Adventures ~ Children's Mystery Book

My favorite books are mysteries, so I find myself always buying kid mystery books for my girls as well. Sunny's Adventures by Leketha Marie Johnson is a really fun mystery book for kids. It is geared towards ages 9 - 12 since it is a chapter book. I did read it to my 7 year old. She had a ton of fun helping Sunny solve the mysteries.

Sunny's Adventures takes readers through 5 different mysteries. The cases include the case of the lost puppy, the disappearance of a diamond ring, a missing pie, a missing doll and a stolen turtle mascot. Each chapter has a break down of clues that Sunny used to solve each mystery. This is great for reading comprehension and to help promote thinking skills. My daughters favorite was the missing doll since they both love dolls.

This book doesn't get old either, Cami has asked me to read it to her several times already since arriving in the mail. Sunny is a very likable character that is bright and not afraid to show her smarts. Another thing that I really like about the book is how easy it is to discuss. I have enjoyed spending time with the girls talking about the clues and the way Sunny has solved the mysteries.

You can download free coloring pages for Sunny's Adventure. Also be sure to sign up for the newsletter! You can buy the e-book for a discounted price of $6.95 or you can buy the actual book for $12.95 + shipping at the websites shop.

Sunny's Adventures can also be purchased at Amazon, but hurry there is a limited quantity left! It is currently $11.01 + is eligible for free shipping on orders over $25.00

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Christmas in July Giveaway:

Detroit based Company just got in some new  ugly Christmas pajamas and onesies.  Why wait till the holiday c...