Tuesday, July 20, 2010

smile.ly—Be Heard. Be Happy.

smile.ly—Be Heard. Be Happy.

Mom magazine gift pack

I recently received a gift pack from Mom magazine.  Imagine my surprise to come home to an unexpected package (I just love when this happens, it feels like Christmas :). Inside this heavy box was a plethora of goodies.  A Mam pacifier,bottle, and flash drive. Boogie wipes, Nuby sippy cups, a Stearns PFD (VERY NICE!!!), a Bummis reusable diaper, a self inking stamp from expressionery.com plus some blank notecards.... the list goes on and on.  Plus there were a few gift codes and complimentary gift cards that I need to e-mail for (lisa leonard designs, paperspring.com, and thecelebrationshoppe.com) . We'll see if those pan out ;) 

If you are a mom or a mom blogger, you can sign up with MomSelect     http://www.momselect.com/
I have gotten many, many great freebies and offers through them. This isn't a link to the Mom magazine site, its a link to BSM media that offers things from many different companies.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Kelly Ripa's "Splits for a Cause"

Would you like a chance to win a $50 prize for sweet treats, or possibly a new Electrolux stand-alone refrigerator and freezer?  Then head on over to http://www.kelly-confidential.com/ to build your "split" for a chance to win.

Splits for a Cause is a program featuring Kelly Ripa and the "Emperor of Ice Cream" Stephen Bruce (owner and founder of Serindipity 3--famous NYC restaurant and dessert shop). They are promoting the donation of $1 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund by Electrolux as part of their(Electrolux's) up to $750,000 pledge to help fight ovarian cancer.

Each person who logs on the site and builds a split will be automatically entered for a chance to win! Plus you get a donation to a good cause for free!! What better way to help out.

11 summertime boredome busters

If you have kids, then you are familiar with searching for boredom busters.

Dr. Mary Zurn from Primrose Schools has come up with 11 great boredom busting ideas.

Here are 11 ideas parents can use to keep young minds active during the summer months:
1. Boredom Buster Jar: At the beginning of the summer, sit down with your family and brainstorm a list of activities that can be done alone or that you can enjoy doing together. Encourage your children to share their own ideas and help you decorate and label a simple jar as the family "Boredom Buster Jar." They'll feel more involved in the project and more likely to think this is a "neat" idea, if they participate in the creation and idea generation. Next, write every one's ideas down on slips of paper and as a group decide which ones should go in the jar. Anyone in the family can pull any idea out of the jar to fight the summertime boredom blues.

2. Stories Alive: It sounds too simple, but reading is one of the most important ways to keep young minds engaged during the summer.Make reading even more fun by finding ways to bring the stories to life. For example, in the book Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran, children create a make-believe town in the desert out of rocks, boxes, and their imaginations. Read the book with your children and then challenge them to create their own town with materials they find in the backyard.

3. Art Start Box: You'll need to gather basic art supplies-child safe scissors, glue, markers, tape and construction paper. Put them in a special box along with empty oatmeal boxes and paper towel rolls, colorful magazines and bits of aluminum foil. Occasionally add a special surprise like chalk, stickers, or stamp pads so there's always something new for the children to find. Even if you normally have these supplies around the house, it's fun for children to know that the Art Start Box is just for them. They'll probably have some good ideas of other household items that can be recycled to fuel their creative energies.

4. Family Performances: Break out old clothes or costumes and encourage children to make up characters and create a play to act out. They are the directors, actors, and producers. They can also make musical instruments out of pots/pans, wooden spoons, empty canisters and have a parade; or everyone can play along to your family's favorite songs. Record or video the performances, and enjoy the replay. You'll also be capturing a bit of family history everyone will enjoy for years to come.

5. Family Dance Party: Crank up the music and encourage your entire family to boogie down. Dancing gives children a great outlet for self-expression through their own motion and helps build self-esteem. It also enhances motor and coordination development by incorporating skills like jumping, landing and leaping. Dancing is a great activity that can involve the whole family and doesn't take very much preparation.

6. Fort Building: Children love to build all kinds of structures--from small towns to large towers. Constructing forts or tents is an activity that can keep children focused and problem solving for hours. All the items you need can be found around the house- some chairs, cushions, blankets, and of course adult supervision.

7. Cookbook Fun: Have you ever shared your favorite cookbook with your children? Take it out and ask your children to choose a recipe to try. Measuring can be a fun and easy way to keep math skills fresh.

8. Summer Scrapbook: All you need for this project is a spiral notebook. Encourage everyone in the family to draw pictures of favorite activities and collect mementos from special events throughout the summer. Children love to go back through scrapbooks and albums and tell about what happened at each occasion. They will also be building their storytelling skills at the same time.

9. Listening Game: Lie down in the backyard, in the den or at the park and listen. What do you hear? Do you hear what I hear? Can you imitate the sound? This is similar to watching the clouds and naming the shapes, and it encourages everyone to slow down and focus on listening.

10. Camping Out: Pretend to campout in the backyard. Plan a meal, pack a backpack and set up a campsite. You might even decide to spend the night!

11. Scavenger Hunt: Make a list or picture cards of common household items and have your children find the items on the list. Invite friends or neighbors to join in the fun to make it a competition.

Two links for the and other great ideas: http://www.drzandme.com/ and http://www.primroseschools.com/

**Disclosure...I was entered for a chance to win a gift card in exchange for this post. No monetary exchange took place.**

2nd annual Solo online photo contest

Last year the Solo Cup Co launched the first ever annual online photo contest. Well, this year they are doing it again.

The 2nd annual Solo Cup Co online photo contest is available for entry at http://www.solocups4ever.com/.  There is a $5,000 grand prize for the best photo featuring Solo products.  Also, there will be two $1,000 runner up prizes and the chance to win daily and weekly prizes. Enter to win until August 6th at http://www.solocups4ever.com/.

new RaceTrac Freefill Cup

I don't know about you, but I am always on the go go go. And while I'm on the go I get thirsty.

This summer from now till August 1st you and your family can enjoy FREE refills from your local RaceTrac locations. The new RaceTrac Freefill Cup retails at $6.99 and pays for itself in no time. Just stop in and fill up!

For details, visit: http://www.racetrac.com/  and start filling up your thirst for free.