Saturday, March 31, 2012

Project: Be Awesome [Evolution Parenting]

While looking for some positive quotes and thoughts, I stumbled across this specific page of Evolution Parenting.

The author, Josia, set up a project for herself and I love it!

Project: Be Awesome [to me] seems like a recipe for loving yourself, or helping you to get there.

The quotes and posts are amazing and self inspiring.
There are 7 rules to this project and I love them. I wish more people took stock in themselves, myself included.

As I read more of the blog, I could see how much Josia has been through in her life and how much she values this project. I love the sharing of she and her husbands love story and how candid they are are.

Back to the Project though...

One item I know I am guilty of, and many I know are, is putting yourself down. This is a no-no for the project. Another item which actually counteracts the previous is Embrace you. How crazy is that, to actually love yourself. Do we really love ourselves, or do we believe what people tell us..
The last thing I will touch on is Spread good vibes at least once a day. Not only is this great for someone else, but good for your soul. I honestly believe that.

The Author's formula is: Attitude, Give, Love yourself, Belief, karma.
I like her formula!

Evolution Parenting is a plethora of wonderful tidbits. Please check out this amazing blog and check out her project and get busy on loving YOU !!!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Festival Fun

Our yearly Citrus Festival has begun and since we have such a busy weekend,
we decided to enjoy opening night.
I biked with the little man and the kids (my other 2 and 2 neighbor kids)
scootered the 7 blocks to downtown Palm Harbor.
Everyone had wristbands which meant unlimited rides on everything.
Saved me money and having to hold tickets.
Hubby joined us after work, I was proud that he jogged from our house to the fair
and then back home.

I will tell you that all 3 of my kids slept really well, and for the 1st time this Spring Break, slept in !






It's been a relatively busy Spring Break and a prequel to Summer..
I do have to say though, bring on Monday and Back to School!
(sshh, don't tell my kiddos)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Old School Fun with Chick-fil-A - Enter to Win!

Do you remember the good ole days when we all played outside with no electronics?

Chick-fil-A wants your family to get together for these fun games!


Enter to win 1 of 3 Kids Meals from Chick-fil-A

Giving of your time


Yesterday, while out running errands, I saw sign at different places asking for volunteers.
Largo Park, the library, and I know our Elementary School is always in need of volunteers for their various events and projects.

Do you give your time?

I am not talking about the mandatory concession stand time during little league, football or sports.

Photo Credit: Seminole County Fl Gov Website
I mean, out of your comfort zone kind of volunteering.

While many of us who have small children have difficulty meeting time constraints (or the fact they they don't want kids running around), there are still so many people who take the time and make a difference. Are YOU one of those people.

I am sure there are many small places in the area in which you live, and even some large ones, that have opportunities posted, but sometimes, we immediately go online..
I researched and found some places in my area.

Food Banks and churches came up first. Then, the county in which I live, actually has a site of volunteer opportunities categorized by type. I had no idea there were so many places within the county government setting that needed volunteers.

Also, Habitat for Humanity. Love this one! So many families cannot afford housing and the work that Habitat for Humanity does really helps so many. I know it's hard work, but the care and love that you are putting into this organization probably matches the appreciation of the family who will live in that home.

Volunteering typically does not cost money, just time.


As a contributor on Living on Love and Cents in the Helping Others Section, Tara F brings ideas for Giving on a budget.. You can find out more about Tara and her ramblings at www.everydayramblingsofmylife.com

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Airheads Trampoline Area

Do you have a Trampoline arena near you? This is my first time here. I have to say, it's tons of fun.
My 2 older boys are really enjoying themselves.
My youngest loved the but once he got here, he melted down.  :(

They block off the corners for the younger ones so no one gets trampled.
They even have weekday exercise classes.

I wish Cj was having a better time because it was awesome to jump!





Monday, March 26, 2012

Kidorable - here's a great Eversave Deal!

Kidorable

Today's Save:$20 for $40 worth of fun and functional kid's accessories from Kidorable.com

Easter Yummies at Amazon Local

I recently signed up for Amazon Local.
It's a great new deal site hosted by one of my very favorite shopping companies. Amazon.

Today I am sharing one of their delicious looking deals..

First, the Spring Premier Chocolates Gift Basket brought to you by 1-800-BASKETS.com
This basket contains an all-star roster of chocolates: 60% dark chocolate caramel squares and a Sea Salt Soiree dark chocolate bar from Ghirardelli, along with Godiva milk chocolate cocoa, assorted truffles from Lindt, and more. Perfect for any chocolate lover!
You can purchase this $50.00 basket for only $25.00.


Please note that if you purchase this deal, you should use it before April 30, 2012 or you will receive a $25.00 voucher to www.1-800-Baskets.com
The AmazonLocal deal is only good for the Spring Premier Chocolates Gift Basket and offers free standard shipping


Sunday, March 25, 2012

Rubbermaid 2-in-1 Recycler

I am loving this great new Rubbermaid 2-in-1 Recycler.

Not only is this bin saving space (25% less floor space than comparable divided containers), but it has creating a focal point for our recycling. Our newspapers and #1 plastics have a home, that is contained, clean, and easy to access for the entire family.


The 13.2 gal container is split into 2 parts. The bottom section is 8 gal and features and system that allows your liner bag to stay in place.
What else is awesome is that each bin has  their own handles in the event you need to take your recycling to a larger container and dump it or for us, to transport or newspapers.

The Rubbermaid 2-in1 recycler is made from recyclable materials and itself is recyclable.


Disclosure: I received this product from Rubbermaid directly as part of their blogger program. The opinions in the review are 100% mine. No monetary compensation was received. EDROML adheres to FTC Guidelines and my disclosure policy can be read here.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Viviscal Review & Giveaway Hop Event



Welcome to the Viviscal Review and Giveaway Hop Event!
Along with
MamaNYC, I am hosting this event, with 24 bloggers.
Follow us as we share our journey over the next 3+ months and see how Viviscal helps us with hair growth, nourishment, repair, and damage control!


I am excited about taking part in this 3 month trial. My thinning hair had accelerated since my last child was born. It just comes out constantly. I have been taking this product less than a week and my hair loss has already slowed down. I am hoping that I can see some prominent hair growth within the next few months. I will be doing a follow up post on my results in mid-June 2012, as will all of the other bloggers. I am excited to see everyone's individual results!

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Now, for the Best News

 Viviscal is going to give away one 3 month Trial of Viviscal (a $150.00 Value) to one winner,
ON EACH BLOG !!

This giveaway is going to run from March 24th through April 8, 2012 @ 11:59PM (EST).
Open to residents in the U.S. only; 18+.

NOTICE: All participants are encouraged to hop down the linky list below the Rafflecopter widget! 25 bloggers are each giving away 3-month trials of Viviscal. You will only be eligible to win on ONE of our blog giveaways. However, I hope you will finish all our giveaways because the MORE giveaways and entries completed - the BETTER your chances will be at winning! It’s better to be the selected winner on five of our giveaways instead of none! Once you are selected as a winner from one of these blogs, you will receive a winning email and all set to receive your prize!


Disclosure:  This post is part of a review and giveaway event hosted by MamaNYC in conjunction with Lifes2good. I have received a free promotional 3-month trial of this product in order to compose and share an honest review based on personal experience. No monetary compensation was received for my review and all opinions on THIS blog are my own.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Cheerios, Books, and Children

I was asked to share the following information. After reading about the program, it was a no-brainer.
"Breakfast and a Book" is an amazing concept for so many reasons. Many children do not have an opportunity to have a book read to them every day. Reading is such an important tool. Reading fosters imagination, it allows us to be transported to another place, another time. Children deserve this opportunity.

Read more about this Program below:

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Cheerios® Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary of its Spoonfuls of Stories®Program by Providing Six Million Children’s Books Inside Boxes

Actress Jennie Garth Kicks off “Breakfast & A Book” Events to Encourage Parents and Kids to Read Together

MINNEAPOLIS (March 20, 2012) – Today,Cheerios®, alongside actress and mom Jennie Garth, will launch the first in a series of “Breakfast & A Book” reading events to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of its Spoonfuls of Stories® program, which will once again provide more than six million bilingual children’s books free inside specially-marked cereal boxes, while supplies last.
For the second consecutive year, Garth will lead a special book reading for Los Angeles-area children and encourage donations to First Book, a national nonprofit that, like Cheerios, recognizes that access to books is one barrier to literacy development.[1] This year, to help address this issue and commemorate its 10-year milestone, Cheerios will give 5,000 children’s books to10 First Book local volunteer chapters nationwide and make a $300,000 donation to the organization.

Over the next few weeks, VIPs, including past Spoonfuls of Stories authors, will follow Garth’s lead and hold similar readings in their hometowns, including Washington, D.C., Charlotte, Philadelphia, Houston, San Antonio and Seattle. Each event will offer attending and area residents the opportunity to support Cheerios’ quest to get books into kids’ hands by making a donation to First Book via their mobile phones.* Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing will match each donation made via text (up to 50,000 books). 

“For the past 10 years, Spoonfuls of Stories has enabled Cheerios to nourish young minds and bodies,” said Meredith Tutterow, associate director, Cheerios.  “When children across the country open our cereal boxes and discover a new book inside, it is our hope that they will also discover a limitless love of reading that will allow them to grow and succeed for years to come.” 
As a mother of three, Garth understands the importance of fostering a child’s love of reading at a young age. “Parents play a key role in helping their children become readers, which is why reading is a daily ritual in my family,” she said. “As a mother and advocate for childhood literacy, I am proud to once again support the Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories program, which has helped young children cultivate an interest in reading simply by providing access to books.”

This year’s in-pack book offerings, all of which are from award-winning authors, appropriate for children ages three to eight and from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, are:
·        Peeny Butter Fudge, by Toni and Slade Morrison and illustrated by Joe Cepeda
·        Mostly Monsterly, by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Scott Magoon
·        Noodle & Lou, by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon and illustrated by Arthur Howard
·        If I Were a Jungle Animal, by Amanda Ellery and illustrated by Tom Ellery 
·        Hello Baby, by Mem Fox and illustrated by Steve Jenkins
·        Can I Just Take a Nap?, by Ron Rauss and illustrated by Rob Shepperson

Over the past 10 years, Cheerios has distributed more than 60 million children’s books inside boxes and donated $3.8 million to First Book to help ensure children from low-income families have age-appropriate books at home.

To learn more about Spoonfuls of Stories, the “Breakfast & A Book” events and this year’s in-pack books, or to donate to First Book, go to www.spoonfulsofstories.com.

*By using short code 20222 and texting Books2Kids, a $5 donation will be made (and will appear on the primary subscriber’s cell phone bill), providing two new books to a child in need.  Standard messaging rates will apply.

About Cheerios
Cheerios, America’s No. 1 cereal, debuted in 1941 as Cheerioats.  The nation’s first ready-to-eat oat cereal has since become one of the most trusted and recognized brands in America.  In fact, one of every 10 boxes of cereal sold in America is a box of Cheerios.  General Mills’ popular franchise includes Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Multi Grain Cheerios, Multi Grain Cheerios Peanut Butter, Chocolate Cheerios, Frosted Cheerios, Fruity Cheerios, Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, Dulce de Leche Cheerios, Berry Burst Cheerios, Yogurt Burst Cheerios, Banana Nut Cheerios and Cheerios Crunch.  Cheerios also has a publishing division that includes the popular Cheerios Play Books and other activity books.  For more information, go to www.cheerios.com.

About General MillsOne of the world's leading food companies, General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Häagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Progresso, Yoplait, Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, General Mills had fiscal 2010 global net sales of US$16 billion, including the company’s $1.2 billion proportionate share of joint venture net sales.

About First Book
First Book has distributed more than 90 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada.  By making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education. For more information, please visit www.firstbook.org or follow their latest news on Facebook and Twitter.

About Simon & SchusterSimon & Schuster, a part of the CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at www.simonandschuster.com.

About Jennie Garth
Jennie Garth skyrocketed to stardom with her role as Kelly Taylor on Beverly Hills, 90210. The show became a ratings juggernaut, lasting 10 seasons, and remains one of the most successful and iconic television series ever produced.Starting April 20th she'll be seen on CMT in JENNIE GARTH: LITTLE BIT COUNTRY which chronicles Jennie's challenges as she picks up and moves her family from their home in Hollywood to a life on a Ranch in Central California. Jennie and actor Peter Facinelli have three daughters, Luca Bella, Lola Ray, and Fiona Eve.

 [1]Susan B. Neuman, Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ctr. for Improvement of Early Reading Achievement

Disclosure: I am sharing this program with you. I feel this program is fantastic. These opinions are my own. I will receive a set of the 6 books listed above to review and share with my children and community. No monetary compensation was received for my opinion or my post.

Victoria's Secret Incredible Undie Coupon giveaway

I occasionally get those free panty coupons from Victoria's Secret.
I don't use them, they expire and I throw them away.
Photo Credit: Victoria's Secret

This coupon is for the new Incredible Undie.
Hiphugger or Thong
Up to a $12.50 value

The coupon is good from March 27 - April 30th.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Annie's Organic Rising Crust Pizza Review / Giveaway



Have you tried Orangic Pizza? I have never. Well, not until Mom's Meet allowed my family to try Annie's Homegrown Organic Rising Crust Pizza. This pizza is only sold at Whole Foods. The closest one to me is 40 minutes. We made it an outing where we learned more about organic foods.

We chose the plain cheese pizza, since it was something everyone would eat.

The opinions varied. I liked it. You could tell the crust was similar to leading rising crust pizza's.
The cheese tasted just a little different. My 6yo picked out, right away, that this was a new pizza, and we had to persuade him it was okay to eat. My 2yo didn't care where the pizza came from, just that he ate 2 pieces of it. My 9yo asked more questions. What is organic, why is it better, why have we not eaten this before?


Thanks to Moms Meet and the wonderful PR team, I was able to sample an Annie's Homegrown Organic Rising Crust Pizza, and 3 of my readers will get to do the same.

Annie's Homegrown Organic Rising Crust Pizza
is only sold at Whole Foods Stores


The coupon has an expiration date of September 30, 2012 and is good for any variety of Annie's Homegrown Organic Pizza. Redeemable ONLY at Whole Foods Markets. (Maximum Value $10.99)

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet SM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet SM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

You Never Lose site review

Recently, I was given the opportunity to review a new site called You Never Lose.
I was given 20 credits to try the site. Let me tell you about my experience.


You create a free account. There is a "coupon" area where i placed my redemption code.
Typically, you earn "Reward Points" by purchasing a gift card.



You can purchase gift cards (that you receive in the mail) and the corresponding amount of points is added to your balance

You take those credits and bid on gift cards.


I didn't win any unfortunately, but it was cool trying to win.


I did not purchase any gift cards so I cannot tell you how easily that takes place. It really is a win-win situation. You get a gift card with free shipping and then also the opportunity to win more cards, sometimes at 95% off of the retail price.




Interested in joining You Never Lose? Click here to create your free account



Disclosure: I was provided with a coupon code to review this site. No monetary compensation was received for my review or opinion(s). All opinions expressed on this blog are that of myself, or my family.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Vistaprint - 6 Free Products for Tax Season!

The products are Free, you just pay the shipping!

Note Pad - Checks - Pens
Sticky Notes - Notebooks - Business Cards

 

In the mood to shop? Eversave has some amazing deals !

Here is a great list of items

Entries for my giveaways

Do you enter giveaways on blogs? Of course! So do I..
But now there is some controversy on how to get the news, giveaways, reviews, and other tidbits out to our readers who follow our blogs.

Some of the blogs (not on blogger) have lost the ability to use GFC (Google Friend Connect). I took mine down but will be adding it back onto my blog.
Google introduced Google + Circles. Many of us jumped on the bandwagon hoping to gain new readers/followers.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Proud Mom ♥

I completely forgot it was report card day.
Luke came tearing around the corner on his scooter, one handed, waving a piece of paper at me..
He is super proud and so am I!
After 3 tough years (behavior and discipline in k-2nd grades and these affecting his grades),
he brought home... Honor Roll !!!



While my Anthy doesn't get grades yet (in Kindergarten), he also had a great report card !

So happy and proud of my boys..

And CJ made me a lovely Mega Blok train..

Sneakpeeq - Woven Wrap Dream Bracelet at 80% off!


I love looking at all the things that seakpeeq has to offer. Birthday shopping for friends and family has become super easy!


Let's celebrate NEW sneakpeeq MEMBERS with FREE PEARL EARRINGS!
Cardigans and capris or strapless black evening gowns and an upswept hairdo:  you can wear absolutely everything with the right pair of PEARLS.  A PAIR of FREE PEARL EARRINGS ($49 value) and FREE SHIPPING just for joining sneakpeeq!
(we really mean free; no need to buy anything!)

But that's not all!

Wakami USA, a brand that echoes a universal dream of empowerment and beauty, is on sneakpeeq.  Get a dramatic bracelet Woven Wrap Dream Bracelet at 80% off!  This bracelet retails for $24, but your price is only $4 with your FREE $10 NEW MEMBER CREDIT!  This design was inspired by the question:  What do you want your life to be like?  All Wakami USA products SHIP FREE!  We GUARANTEE the BEST PRICE on these products or they're FREE!  

March Moola Madness Giveaway Hop

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I am participating in this fantastic event with approximately 100 other bloggers.

Through my blog, you have the opportunity to win a Giani Granite Countertop Kit

This kit covers 35 sq ft of counter and I recently completed my counters

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Looking ahead

I cannot believe March has only 2 weeks left in the month and then it will be April.

We have Spring Break soon and also a birthday coming up. It amazes me that my little man will be 3 in just 2 weeks.

Our weekend has been quiet as my poor hubby has been under the weather. Too much stress has just taken it's toll on him.

This coming week I want to try and take on one of my cabinets for painting. We purchased a Rustoleum kit and now I just have to get motivated to use it!

Hope everyone's weekend has gone well. Th weather here in Central Florida is spectacular and I hope where ever you are, it is perfect for you!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Amazon/Paypal St. Patty's Day giveaway

Being that my name is Irish (and I'm 1/5 Irish),
I feel inclined to offer up a giveaway this
St. Patty's day


One winner will receive either a $5.00 Amazon code or $5.00 Paypal

May the Luck of the Irish be with you!

This giveaway ends on 3/19 at 12:01am


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Facebook Fan Page - Top Fans App

Are you a Facebook Fan?
With the new timeline is an app I have found (through other FB pages) that I am now using.

It's called "Top Fans". Tops Fans are those who post or like on Facebook. the app tells me who does these tasks. You can go and check it out on my page as well!

I am going to start using this app and when I have a gc or a code, I'll grab that top fan!

Since I am just beginning this, it's going to be trial and error, so accept any apologies now (Sorry!)

I am looking forward to hearing your comments and suggestions on my Facebook Fan Page and engage me there as well as here on my blog.


Everyday Ramblings of My Life

Love VoxBox from Influenster

I have been reviewing some products I received in a great Box from Influenster.
It's called the Love Voxbox.

I received an items from each of the following sponsors Ghiradelli, Kiss Nail Dress, Truvia, Stash Tea, and Gillette Venus Razor.



I loved the box and was pleasantly surprised by the Truvia. I had never tried it. It reminded me of sugar, though (to me) it definitely had a different taste.

I tried the Truvia in the Stash Tea. I'm not a fan of flavored teas, but I gave it a shot. Still not a fan, by the way. Hubby had the peppermint tea one night and the Lemon Ginger at work. He loves the Stash teas.

I am already a fan of Ghiradelli and the chocolate was a hit in the house. I actually only was able to taste a small square because the small sugar thieves in my house devoured the rest. It was very creamy and not at all bitter.

The Kiss Nail Dress are nail stickers, essentially. I've tried a different brand previously and have really enjoyed wearing them. They were easy on and easy off. I did not try these because, well, they are animal print. Maybe if it were polka dots or even black. I've seen other great colors from the Kiss brand and am very likely going to try them in the future.

The Gillette Venus Razor with Olay was fabulous ! I tried it this morning actually and my legs feel amazing! I am already a Venus razor user, but really felt like the Olay just brought something more to the product.


All in all, the Influenster Love Voxbox was awesome. Something for each person in my family (although I'm not sure that's how it was intended).

I would definitely buy these brands again, trying different styles, or flavors.


Here is a video review of the products I received




Follow these amazing companies through their social media links!

Ghiradelli (Facebook, Twitter, #iloveghirardelli)
Kiss Nail Dress (Facebook, Twitter, #kissnaildress)
Truvia (Facebook, Twitter, #truvia)
Stash Tea (Facebook, Twitter, #stashtea)
Gillette Venus Razor (Facebook, Twitter, #GoddessSkin)

Anger


“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Compliments of Real Simple



How many seconds of happiness have I lost today? Not as many as usual...

How about you?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Body-Slimming Neoprene Shorts, Shipping Included


Moola has a national deal where you can get
Drop up to 2 Dress Sizes in 2 Weeks!

They are based in Europe so check the sizing
You can't beat free shipping either..

I could certainly love to lose 2 dress sizes!

Do you think it works?

Hunger Games Ticket Giveaway

I've paired up with The Opening Lines to bring you a Hunger Games Ticket Giveaway

 The prize: $25 Fandango eGift Card

All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter form below

Super Easy, Super Simple and you could be on your way to the movies!


Mother’s Day Pipe Cleaner Flower Bouquet

I really Like this Pipe Cleaner Bouquet
It's listed as a Mother’s Day Pipe Cleaner Flower Bouquet,
but I think it really could be used for any special occassion

This is something my boys could do for their teachers
and I think they would have the best time doing it!

Where did I find it?

Follow Me on Pinterest




Giving, with rewards


Ah, Rewards.. Well, giving of itself is a reward.
But I'm, talking about different kinds of rewards today..

Some of us collect points, codes, make purchases where a % goes to a charity or school.

That's today's giving topic.

Have picked up a Target Red Card and noticed that they say a % goes to a school of your choice? All you have to do is log on to your account and designate a school. My son's Elementary school benefits when I use my Target Card. I cannot always afford to donate during their events or purchase through all the fundraisers. But if I need to purchase toilet paper, diapers and cleaning supplies and it helps the school in any way, I'm there!

There are all kinds of reward programs that offer not only an incentive for you or your family, but to charity as well.

If you have a child in diapers, I bet you collect Huggies and Pampers Points. Pampers offers you the opportunity to choose through 4 different charities (10 points = $0.10).
Huggies offers an opportunity to assist a baby with diapers. I had no idea that some parents have to reuse a soiled diaper because they cannot afford them.
Photo Credit: Huggies Every Little Bottom promotion
After reading about this, I used a great big chunk of my points towards this charity!

My Coke Rewards (if you drink coke and collect the codes) also offers a variety of charities as well as donating to your school of choice.

Some bank cards that allow you to earn points,
also allow you to donate some to specific charities they work with.

Sometimes it's difficult to part with those points isn't it? You are saving up for something particular, or just hoarding them (I did that and then the program ended and I forfeited everything ugh).

But being able to assist someone less fortunate, a school, a program, a baby who can have a fresh diaper, is an amazing personal reward. When I teach my children about helping others, about giving just a little part of what we have, or earn, I earn a reward. Especially if they are eager to help.


As a contributor on Living on Love and Cents in the Helping Others Section, Tara F brings ideas for Giving on a budget.. You can find out more about Tara and her ramblings at www.everydayramblingsofmylife.com

Driveway Art

My eldest was bored so I told him to use the chalk and use his imagination.

I love when my boys draw, they are so different and they come up with some crazy things.

After what only felt like 5 seconds (which was really more than 30 minutes),
I was called to see his masterpiece.


Our entire driveway is a friendly welcome sign.

What you don't see (to the right of the flower) are the words
"I Love You !!"

awe ♥



Monday, March 12, 2012

Waterproof Smartphone case from Super Gadgets

I love to take pictures of my family when we are at the YMCA pool and at the beach, but I am always so scared I will drop my phone (or camera) in the water or sand.

Today, Eversave shared a deal that I am going to purchase!

A Waterproof Smartphone case from Super Gadgets. It says in the description that it holds cameras, phones, even MP3 players.

The description says you can even use it underwater, like if you were scuba diving.

If you are not a member of Eversave, Join today




Waterproof Smartphone Case

Today's Save:$15 for a Waterproof Smartphone case from Super Gadgets

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Congratulations to the winners of ...

The Marriage OPS Giveaway



The Star Wars Toothbrush Giveaway



The MoH USB Flah Drive Giveaway


All Winners have confirmed their entries !!

Thank you to all who entered!

Hunger Games Ticket Event - Bloggers Needed!

I am posting this to help a fellow blogger gather some additional support for a wonderful giveaway she wants to host.

The Opening Lines wants to give away Fandango GC's
so we can send some lucky readers to see "The Hunger Games".

There are several inexpensive support options.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Working magic in my kitchen with a Giani Granite Countertop Kit

It's been an awesome experience transforming our kitchen counter tops.
I must admit I procrastinated because I received this kit in the later part of January and only started the project last weekend.
My husband was trying to make bets on if I would complete it and whether it would look good.
(I wish I would have made those bets with him!)

Giani Granite offers several different design selections but I chose the Chocolate Brown Paint Kit. The kit covers 35 sq. ft. and comes with all the items you need to complete the project (primer, 3 colors, sealer, roller handle with 2 rollers, foam brush and sponge). It also comes with a DVD and printed instructions, plus a test paper so you can try out your sponging techniques on the paper before you head to your counter.


 

Legal Life Documents Personal Planning

Sometimes I wonder whether I should have a will made up for hubby and I, so if anything were to happen, our boys would be protected and taken care of.




For only $29.00 (A value of $60), you can get your things in order, if something unexpected should occur.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

$25 Flash Cash Giveaway with Sarah's Blog of Fun ! *ENDED*




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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Our new myubby blanket - a review from my son


We were lucky enough to review myubby.
This is a wonderful blanket which you can customize the fabrics, edging and embroidery.
Since I utilize my eldest son for so many reviews, I decided to let my 6yo have a turn.

We chose the fabrics (2 different kinds), the edging and while I chose the wording, I allowed him to choose the coloring of the words.
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With myubby.com, you can build your own blanket in just 5 steps. You begin with the size and then choose from over 50 fabrics, 12 satin edge color options or serge finish, 3 sizes and up to 54 characters of embroidery personalization.

Prices range from $22.00 for the smallest (itty bitty 15" x 15") to $98 for the largest (50" x 60")

MyUbby


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.