Tuesday, March 31, 2009

If I had a Vidtel Video Phone,..

It would be so hard to choose who to give this one to. I think i'd have to go with my mother-in-law. It's been so long since we've seen her. She's never met our two youngest children and my oldest two haven't seen her since December of 2004. My mom stayed with us up until last year, but moved down south and I don't think she'll be able to come this way too often, so she could use one too. My children got so used to her being around. She was sort of like a second mom to them and they really miss her. When I think about it, though, my dad and family who lives up north hasn't met my two youngest either. I was pregnant with my second to last child when I last saw my dad so you can see my dilemma.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Wellesse Vitamin D Review

I recently received this bottle of vitamin D3 from Wellesse. Yes it's a bottle that contains vitamin D3 in the form of a liquid. I must say for myself that it is delicious. My children love it as well. It is naturally berry flavored and contains no artificial colors or flavors. It can be added to other foods or liquids if you'd like, but it tastes great straight from the bottle. Because it is a liquid, it is easily absorbed by your body. I really appreciate that this product is good for the entire family from ages 4 to adults. Vitamin D is important for the absorption of calcium. Studies have shown that an insufficiency in vitamin D can lead to low bone density in pediatric patients to type 1 diabetes in youths to increased risk of cardiovascular disease (see sciencedaily report here). Visit the Wellesse website to learn more about this and the other great products that they make. You can also find more information on where you can buy it for yourself and even print coupons.

Managing Cell Phone Use by Your Kids.

As you can see, my children are too young for cell phones at this time, something I am so glad about right now. I do realize, though, that they aren't getting any younger and will want to have their own someday. Maybe sooner rather than later. Please do feel free to share tips on how you manage (or plan to manage) cell phone usage by your kids. If you are in the market for a cell phone, check out

1. The age/maturity/situation factor

The first thing to ask yourself is if your child is old or mature enough for a cell phone along with whether your child is in a situation where having a cell phone is justifiable. Will your child show responsibility with a cell phone? Does your child often walk home? These are all things to consider when thinking about getting a cell phone for your child.

2.Rules and Responsibility

A talk with your child on responsible cell phone usage seems to be the next logical topic of conversation. Each minute of usage adds up and can really get to be expensive. (If it's a matter of looking cool, tell them to just pretend to be talking to someone. Otherwise it looks cool enough to just have one to carry around in the first place.) Set limitations on how much time should be used and with whom they should be talking.

3. Speak Up

The word for the day must be sexting. It's in the local news. It's in the world news. We were all victims of peer pressure at one time or another. It doesn't matter how bright, popular or unpopular a child is. I think that since this is such a huge topic and also one of the main topics of the day, it's very important to sit down with your child and literally over-emphasize the importance of not getting caught up in this activity. One that once it takes place, it can't be reversed and can have a viral effect. One that you can face felony charges over- even for just being a recipient. Don't be afraid or feel that you will embarass your child when talking about this very sensitive and important topic.

4. Find some way to offer positive feedback and praise.

This goes a long way. It'll keep your kids with a willingness to do right. You praise them and they'll just keep wanting to do better. Tell them how proud it makes you that they're making an effort to not go over on their time usage. If you do have to offer any type of constructive criticism, always try to find a way to incorporate some form of encouragement them to do better next time.

5. Communicate

I am a firm believer that communication between a parent and child is crucial. My mother had the experience of not feeling free to talk to her mother coming up and endeavored to make sure things were different between us. I've learned that this is absolutely important and also endeavor to make sure the lines are open between my children and myself. Take time and sit down and hear what they're saying to you. Show sincere concern. Offer feedback. Don't jump down their throats if they say something you totally disagree with because in doing so, they'll hesitate to come to you again, and may not. Don't be afraid to ask "personal" questions and don't say something that will cause them to hesitate coming back to you. Also I would suggest trying to bring up some way that you can relate to what's going on in their lives.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Nature's Source by SC Johnson Review


Hide 'Em & Find "Em

We received these as a prize i'd won as a result of a egg hunt at All four of my children are enjoying them. They're ready to go from the package. You have to pull the tabs and turn them on with the power button that's located on them. You then hide them and let your children find them. They make adorable little sounds and talk to let your children know where to find them. Once they do, the children then open them and there's an adorable animal inside that says "You Found Me!" As far as I know, the hunt is still on. I actually won on the first day I tried. I would recommend these to anyone with easter-egg-hunting-age children.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Win a Creative Vado Pocket Video Cam

Hello. I am a member of and this weekend only if you head to their website and leave details of what you plan to do the first days of this spring you have a chance to win the Creative Vado Video Camera. Remember it's this weekend only, so head over as soon as possible because they'll be selecting a winner on Monday!! Good Luck!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Free Redbox Movie Today Only.

Redbox has a free code that's good today only. It expires at midnight CST. The code is 2GR4N8.

Free Fleischmann's Yeast 8 Recipe Booklet.

Fleischmann's is giving away a free yeast recipe booklet. All you have to do is go here: and click the box that says Order Free BreadBreakthrough on the upper left hand side under the page title. From there just fill out your mailing info and it's supposed to arrive within 4-6 weeks.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Proof that terrible twos start long before and continue long after...

1 year old 2 years old 5 years old respectively

And know that although I was unable to catch my 6 going on 7 year old in the act, he's also guilty! No end in sight. And yes this is all on the same day and no I didn't provoke them.

Caught in the act!

Friday, March 13, 2009

I'm a FINALIST!!!!

I entered a picture of my tv in the Dell HDTV Makeover contest at

I am a FINALIST!! This is a picture of my submission and i'm up against 9 other people for the GRAND PRIZE of a new entertainment system. If you're passing through, i'm asking you to show some love. Go register and vote for this pic! Thanks so much in advance for all your help!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

50 4x6 prints for $5

Walgreens has a special going on for two more days only. You can order 50 4x6 prints for $5 if you use code MARCH at checkout. They also have 20% off photo mugs with code LUCKY20 through March 14th. Go here: to get started.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Win $10 Itunes Gift Card

I have yet another give away. This one is simple as my others. You can earn up to three entries just as in my other giveaways. The contest ends March 31, 2009 and i'll be choosing a winner soon thereafter. Follow the directions below to get started.

1. Follow this blog and leave a comment stating that you've done so.

2. Follow me on twitter at and leave a separate comment letting me know that you've done so.

3. Tweet about this giveaway and leave another comment stating that you've done so.

Win a Cuisinart 4-cup mini prep!! Ends at 11:59

I just found out about this great contest a short while ago and wanted to let you know about it. It's a quick and painless entry and you can get 4 chances. All you need to do is go to: and follow the simple entry instructions there. Go to to find out more about the cuisinart brand. Good Luck!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Oh if I had a Wonderwash

First of all, here is a picture of my mess. My family is on a tight budget. We literally have to pick out what clothes to wash from month to month; which ones we'll definitely wear and which ones we can do without. Once in a while, we can afford to wash a few extras. A wonderwash would be a great in-between-laundromat-visits tool for me. I could have more clean clothes at any given time. To find out more about the wonderwash, be sure and visit

Monday, March 9, 2009

How I talk to my kids about disability and the importance of inclusion

I'm sure we've all had a moment where our kid said something to embarrass us. For instance we were out grocery shopping late one evening, when the stockers are out replenishing the shelves. On this particular night there was an elderly man working and my daughter just out and asked right there in front of him, "Mommy why is that old man working here?" I so wished we were invisible at that moment. If even she could have not asked loud enough for him to hear I would not have felt so bad. I've taught my children to just refer to the elderly as blessed.

There are many individuals who have disabilities. Some not so obvious and some that are. I've always been the type of person who feels compassionate towards them. It's sometimes hard to approach them because they're so used to people making fun of them and staring at them that you don't know how they'll react to you. In this course of life, i've learned that they don't want you to treat them as handicapped, they want to be treated just as anyone else. They are human and have feelings like us.

I can honestly say that I want my children to feel toward the disabled as I do. I've sat them down and taught them to not make fun of others who look differently. Though they may see others not being nice to them, that doesn't mean that they shouldn't. Smile at them and reach out to them for friendship. They have no control over the way that things are for them and just as any one else, they want to be and to feel loved and cared for.

I would like to take this time to encourage you to visit to learn more about the great programs CVS supports to make life with kids with disabilities easier.

Play Hard, Sleep Hard

Saturday was oh so lovely. I couldn't resist letting my children go out and get a dose of good weather. My oldest son got dressed and was out the door. Next comes my daughter. Out the door. Diesel can't get himself ready alone. He'd been walking around undressed, so I instructed him to go pee, because we're in the process of potty training. He went and came for me to dress him. When we finished, happily outside he goes.

It wasn't long after that my husband was bringing him in with a story to tell. He'd pulled down his clothes outside because he had to go again. He does get a headstart in the house, dropping his pants in the living room in the front so he can be ready by the time he gets to the bathroom in the back, but dropping 'em outside before he got into the house was just too much of a headstart. Some other children who were walking by saw him and my oldest didn't like the little expressions that they were making. I guess he took it as though someone were picking on his little brother, so my husband had to calm him down.

Later that evening they were in the back watching some television when Diesel fell asleep. I'm telling you, a good play outside gets them everytime. My husband had to grab the camera and catch this picture. Can't get your kids to sleep? Try the old fashioned remedy of a good day's play outside followed by a hot bath.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Five Tips for making sure your kids are getting the vitamins and minerals they need for strong bones

1. Let them assist in the preparation of meals that are healthy for them

Kids are excited about helping out in the kitchen. While they are young, obviously their assistance will have to be limited, but find something that they can do to feel good about helping even if it's just passing you the tomatoes. Get them involved. Let them pull up a chair and watch you. They're more like to want to try something "they've made themselves" and as an added bonus, this boosts their self confidence.

2. Lead by example

My sister and I occasionally bring up the fact that if there's a food we don't like, we won't even buy it. I, for example, have never ever ever liked beets, but who's to say my kids won't. Maybe you don't like a certain vegetable. Try to find a different way to use it in a different recipe, or try adding a little bit and drown it with other flavor additions. Your kids may like it as it is.

3. Be Persistent

Sometimes you just may not have a taste for a particular something on a particular day. Kids are the same way. If at first you don't succeed, try again. At least one more try before you give up. Let your kids see you eating healthy and this will encourage them to do the same.

4. Offer Treats

My kids occasionally don't want to eat a dish that i've prepared that I know is good for them. They'll eat really slow and store the food in their cheeks. Sometimes I have to offer them a little motivation such as a piece of candy, which in moderation won't do them any harm. This really gets their teeth chomping and before you know it, they're stuffed with nutritional goodness.

5. Find Alternatives

You've tried, and you just can't get your kid to drink milk. Try replacing the milk for cheese or yogurt. Try and find other alternatives that contain the vitamins that you're looking to strengthen your kids bones, boost their immunity and support mental clarity. If it comes down to it, there are many vitamins out there that come in fruity flavors that your kids are sure to enjoy.

For more information on how you can obtain a free bottle of Vitamin D visit

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

First 18,000 Get a free reusable Tote Bag

I just got an email today regarding this. It's only open to the first 18,000 registrants and while that seems like a huge number, these offers go fast!!

Buy One Get One 20oz coupon with code

Through March 28th, you can go to and enter code 100869373819 to be directed to a link to print off your bogo coupon. You will also be entered to win the grand prize to see an American Idol Show along with other prizes which include Walgreens photo service for a year or a Walgreen's gift card.

Free entree from Kashi

All you need to do is fill in your name, address and email address and they'll mail a product coupon out to you. Good while supplies last.

Another Giveaway.......

How about a cup o' Joe on me? I have your chance to win a $5 Starbucks giftcard. I'll get right to the point. You can get up to four entries by doing the following:

1. Tell me what your favorite drink is at Starbucks in a comment below.

2. Subscribe to my blog by email and let me know that you have done so in a separate comment.

3. Follow me on twitter ( ) and retweet this giveaway.

4. Follow this blog.

This contest ends on March 31 and i'll choose a winner soon thereafter. I will be posting the winner here and you'll have 48 hours to acknowledge your win.

I have a GIVEAWAY!!!!!

I am here right now to tell you guys about great news from Dairy Queen. They are launching their first ever permanent value menu aka DQ Sweet Deals. The menu includes the famous and delicious Dairy Queen cheeseburger, classic all-beef hot dog, new chicken wrap, yummy French fries, crispy onion rings, fresh salad, beverage and a sundae or cone made with the signature DQ soft serve with the curl on top. Yup. all that. Wanna know how the pricing works? Well you can mix and match these nine menu items, choosing two for $3, three for $4 or four for $5. Your choice, more than 20,000 combinations.

Someone is going to have the opportunity to have DQ on me. I have a $5 giftcard for one lucky person. There are several ways to enter:

1. Leave a comment below telling me your favorite menu item at Dairy Queen.

2. Sign up for my email updates and leave a comment letting me know that you have done so.

3. Follow me on Twitter and retweet this giveaway and leave another comment letting me know the link to your twitter post.

4. Follow my blog and let me know in a separate comment.

The contest closes March 31, 2009 and i'll be choosing a winner soon thereafter. I will be posting the winner here and you'll have 48 hours to acknowledge your win.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Ipod Touch Giveaway EXPIRED

Yes. I am still embarking upon my quest to win an ipod touch. I'm taking my shot and I also have your shot to win here too. All you have to do is go here: I'd encourage you to read the review on the Norton Software. This is a great product for parents with teens and tweens who want to be in the know of what your children are doing online. Well. Check it out and if you are entering to win the ipod touch, be sure to follow the rules there carefully.