Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Great Valentine's Day Books to Share with Your Child

I have bought my children each a book every year for Valentine's Day.  My kids love getting the books and I make a point of writing them a note on the inside cover telling them something special that I want them to know about that year that stood out in my mind.  Here is a list of some of the books that I have given them.  It's a great tradition and I look forward to finding some great books this year...feel free to share your ideas!  I always love to read reviews of the books as I find them each year.

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FREE Dinosaur Train Printable Valentines!

As the snow drifts bury my front door, my kiddos are driving me nutty!  Cabin fever like crazy!  Anyhow, the kids love the games on  They sit and play for as long as I will let them. While I was supervising, I noticed that they are offering free printable Valentines Day cards for your child to print and share with their class.

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Daddy Diaper Changing Toolbox $19.00

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Here is a YUMMY one for you! When you buy 1 dozen donuts at participating Krispy Kreme stores before February 14th, you will get 12 cards good for a FREE donut or a FREE cup of coffee or hot chocolate. These are great to give away or even redeem yourself! How fun is that?

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UPromise Coupons...Load 'Em Up!

We've talked about Upromise in the past but I thought it might be time for a reminder!

Upromise is where you can enjoy the benefits of earning money for a child’s education just by shopping where you normally do every day. When you join Upromise, companies will contribute a portion of your eligible spending into a Upromise account for your child, grandchild or any future college student you wish to support. Members earn college savings when they buy gas, dine out, shop online – even when they buy or sell a house. Upromise is a free service, and by adding your credit, debit or grocery card you can begin saving money for college every time you shop at participating retailers.

There are so many options to saving for a child’s education with Upromise. You can shop online through their site to save money- it’s basically a rebate for your children, grandchildren, or anyone you choose to support. You also have the option to join the Dining Rewards program so you can see which restaurants in your area will provide cash to your account just by purchasing with the credit card you have registered at Upromise. You can invite family and friends to Upromise and their rewards become your rewards, great for Grandparents. You can earn up to $3,000 when you buy or sell your home. The list goes on and on! The best thing about Upromise is that it free, there is no catch, or gimmicks, and they work with companies that care as much about a child’s education as you do.

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Great AMF coupon for bowling! Save $20 off a game for 4 or more bowlers!

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$20 off your next game with 4 or more people from AMF Bowling. Click Here
The coupon expires withing a week of printing.  Clearly if you live around here you won't be bowling today but this would be a fun outing this weekend!

 I love bowling, I am just not so good at it.  I am hoping to get a couple friends together and head to our nearest AMF -there are four locations in my area.

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$79 for an at-home teeth whitening kit plus a $50 gift card!

Smile wide (and bright!): $79 gets you a professional, at-home teeth whitening kit from Smiling Bright (includes shipping), plus a special Valentine's Day gift – a $50 gift card to ($229 value).

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Pay it Forward with Blanket Buddies

Sometimes you hear a story or situation that really pulls at your heartstrings, something that reminds you about some good there is in this world and you just have to do something, reach out...pass on the information...Pay It Forward!

I was recently introduced to the not for profit 501c3 organizations called Blanket Buddies. The mission of Blanket Buddies is to provide physical & spiritual aid to orphans around the world. 

Here is some of their story:

Well, we are known as Blanket Buddies and when we started, we were working with one orphanage in Kherson, Ukraine. At that orphanage, there are  approx. 100 children- ages birth to 4 years.These children lay in cribs all day and very rarely have anyone pick them up and hold them, love on them, etc. We felt lead to do something and the only thing we could think of was to make a blanket for each child. That's how we got started. Since then, we are now working with 7 orphanages in the Ukraine and 2 in Mexico. And even though we still make blankets for the children, we have found that they need medicines much more desperately than the blankets- so we raise funds to help with that. Some of the other  things that we are looking toward in the (hopefully near) future is the purchase of a transition house where the children will go when they get too old for the orphanage. There they will learn trade skills to help them in the outside world. The mattresses these kids sleep on are falling apart and are mere rags... we'd like to raise enough money to at least purchase them some new ones. We've also been praying about the idea of posting individual pictures of some of the children who have been in the orphanage for some time, with information on how they can be sponsored. (100% of every dollar that is donated goes directly to the orphans- everyone that is associated with Blanket Buddies volunteer their time and talents).

As I read through the Blanket Buddies Blog, the Blanket Buddies website and their Facebook & Twitter pages, I thanked God that there are people out there who have the ability and the willingness to reach out to those little ones in need! I also have a strong need to help children, particularly those who are in orphanages around the world.  For these reasons and more, the mission of the Blanket Buddies (and the plight of the orphans they are helping) is very near & dear to my heart, SO, I am reaching out to my readers to send Blanket Buddies a little support as well!

So, what can you (our readers) do to help Blanket Buddies with their wonderful mission?
  • Pray--for the children, for the orphanage workers, for the Blanket Buddies volunteers
  • Follow the Blanket Buddies Blog, learn more about their story & the good they are doing
  • Follow Blanket Buddies on Twitter
  • Follow Blanket Buddies on Facebook
  • Follow Blanket Buddies on Google Friend Connect
  • Donate Money--remember 100% goes to the orphan and they are a non-profit 501c3 organization
  • Volunteer to help in any way you can
  • Spread the word about Blanket Buddies & their mission

I encourage each one of you to Pay it Forward to Blanket Buddies as little or as much as you are able. The orphans in the Ukraine & Mexico are counting on them for help.

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Delicious BBQ Pork and Italian

We had a great opportunity to review some delicious BBQ Pork and Meatballs from Rich's Foods!

The BBQ Pork was pulled pork and was very easy to make.  We unthawed the aluminum tray in the refrigerator overnight and then baked it in the oven.  We served the BBQ Pork on buns for dinner with friends one night.  It was great!  The BBQ Pork was saucy enough without adding additional sauce and had a little kick to it!  It was very good-there were no fat or tough pieces either!  That is a huge bonus for me as I can be very picky when it comes to things like that.

The meatballs were very good on their own.  We popped them in the slow cooker and let them warm up.  We tried them with out any sauce and they were very tasty.  We then had BBQ sauce and marinara sauce on the side for dipping.  Again-this is coming from the picky meat eater- I appreciated that the meatballs were very smooth and did not have any crunchy parts.  Sorry those are just things that bother me so I take notice.  

We had some left over meatballs and made meatball subs the next day!  They were awesome!

Both products were easy to make, delicious and very satisfying!

Thank you Rich's Foods!
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Silver Dolphin Book Giveaway ENDS 2/7/11 11:59pm CST

My daughter and my oldest son love The Wizard of Oz!  So, when I was given the opportunity to review a  new version of L. Frank Baum's "The Wizard of Oz", I was really excited!  It is published by Silver Dolphin Books . This book is so unique with it's Pop-ups and Sounds. Paul Hess' illustrations are very impressive. The sound effects used fit the pictures and the story perfectly. I was able to read this to my 5 year old and 4 year old (the two biggest Wizard of Oz fans I know!).  I just love how interactive this book is! My 18 month old even climbed on my lap to see what all the fuss was about and he LOVEd it!  Needless to say, this book impressed me.  Children love anything interactive.  These books are awesome with their pop ups and sounds...a genius idea!
I am a push over for a good children's book, especially if it is educational, so I just had to check out what other books Silver Dolphin Books had available. Silver Dolphin Books is a division of Baker & Taylor Publishing Group. Silver Dolphin Books publishes activity, novelty & educational nonfiction books for children--infant to age 12. Highly interactive formats such as the Field Guides and Uncover series both educate and entertain older children. The lovable characters of the Maurice Pledger series and the boldly illustrated Snappy Sounds series appeal to both young children and parents alike.  Their books entertain and educate both children and adults alike.  I think the thing that I love the most is how interactive their books are! Safety of children is so important to me, so I was touched when I saw that safety was so important to them.  They send their products through multiple tests to ensure safety.
The selection of books is awesome!  They have won many awards and I am thoroughly impressed with all they have to offer.  Hmmm...which book will I pick next?

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