Guidecraft Giveaway at Sugar Pop Ribbons

17 11 2010

I love Guidecraft products since they are timelessly styled and grow with kids as they help kids grow! The Playhouse Hideaway Bookshelves are no exception. I’d love to win this fun structure for both my children to hang out in. They would love to have a dedicated place to read their books and put on their “shows.”

Enter at Sugar Pop Ribbons’ blog here before the contest ends on Dec 13th, 2010


Bean’s Snug Sleeper

26 02 2010

Just wanted to share a  big “Thank you!” to Snug Organics. Last month, I won a cute sherpa sleeper in a giveaway hosted by Evergreen Moms. Bean adores it, probably because it is super soft and fleecy like a little lamb. I think it’s very well made and 110% huggable! Here’s she’s taking a “nap” (yeah, right, like she ever naps!) with Santa, Madeline, and Maisy because, yes, she loves to wear pajamas all day!
Snug Organics also has a blog with tips on green & healthy parenting. St. Patrick’s day would be a great day to try their green drink recipe.
Thanks again, Evergreen Moms and Snug Organics!

Chivalry is not dead

16 02 2010

Thank you to my Sweetie who tried fearlessly to eliminate the stink that wafts from our washing machine. It was as nice a present for Valentine’s day as the beautiful bouquet of flowers he picked out for me!
Dockers is also out to prove that chivalry is not dead, and would like to hear stories of your chivalrous Valentine’s hero. Hop quickly over to 3Ps in a Pod blog where she is giving away 5 pairs of Dockers Soft Khakis in either a classic khaki color or a cool red. Enter to win here before noon today.

Kristin Hannah’s Firefly Lane & Giveaway

2 02 2010

This past weekend, I had the pleasure to host a Kristin Hannah’s Celebrate Our Stories House Party for some of my mom friends. It was very exciting to open the party pack they sent out, with copies of Kristin’s book Firefly Lane for everyone. The book is a great story of friendship and all the bumps and bruises along the way. I loved the way Kristin developed the relationship between the heroines, Tully and Kate, by shifting from one character’s viewpoint to tell a tidbit, then back to the other to fill in another facet. It’s a beautiful story that really hit home for myself and a lot of my guests. We read the book before the party and it was fun to see different people’s interpretations of some of the events in the book and to hear how they related to the story.  Most of us did relate a lot more to Kate as a mom (I personally am an “over-thinker” like her too) than to Tully, who is single, rich, and not the most compassionate person (much of the time anyway). We had a great time, which is probably most evident by the lack of pictures, since after a few glasses of wine and delving into deep conversations, no one was thinking about cameras. It was amazing to be completely absorbed in the fascinating stories of each others lives, but I’m really kicking myself for that one. Sorry! I will share a pic of our yummy pink cheesecakes and two of the “school lunch” raffle surprises that were taken before the party started though. A lot of us really admire Kristin Hannah as an author. She’s a mom too and really discovered her passion and talent for writing in a unique way. Her newest book, Winter Garden, has just come out. I’m only halfway through it and I’m enjoying it immensely. You can read a sneak peek here.

Okay, here’s where you can win something: I do have an extra copy of Firefly Lane that I’d love to share with one of you. Just leave a comment below to be entered.

And some people really like having extra entries: I love how involved Kristin is with her readers, so you can visit her blog or Face Book page and leave another comment back here on something new you learned about her that I haven’t already said (and isn’t said in the comment directly above you). (1 extra entry per site, that’s a total of 2 extra entries)

A side note to disclose everything I can think of regarding this review & giveaway: I received this copy of Firefly Lane as part of my House Party Pack and had the idea all by myself to share a copy with someone reading this blog. I am a member of House Party. I am not related to Kristin Hannah, nor have I ever met her in person, but someday would like to. Neither House Party nor Kristin Hannah have influenced my opinions of the book or this giveaway. I just think she’s a neat author and hopefully, by sharing, at least one of you reading this will enjoy reading her book(s) too.
Giveaway ends the afternoon of Wednesday, Feb. 10th. NOW CLOSED The winner will be picked at random and will be notified via email. Winner will have 3 days to get back to me, or I reserve the right to pick a new winner. I also reserve the right to delete any comments that are rude or inappropriate. I will be paying to ship the book to the winner myself, so US addresses only, please. Also be aware that I’ll be sending it out via media mail since it’s a heavy hard back book! Thanks!

Update 2/10 Giveaway is closed. Winner has confirmed. Thanks for participating!

A Strong and Happy Gymnastic Bean

18 01 2010

Bean's drawing

I asked Bean what helps make her strong and happy, and she said going to her little gym. She drew a great picture of having fun at her gymnastics class. This idea was probably foremost in her mind because she’s been overly excited these past few days about practicing her skills for their “big show” in class next week. She loves to draw, but since she  just turned 4 years old, I had to ask her to explain some of her details. I love the little stick arms & legs and how she drew the faces with big open smiles. Her story is below in blue and I’ve translated a little after to make it easier to follow.

“One, two, three, four people. Four. This is me. This is me. This is me. This is me. [She drew herself 4 times, in 4 different outfits and hairstyles, of course!]
They follow all the dots to a beam…This dot to this dot to this dot.
[Her gym has dots on the floor to make a path; she followed the path in green marker on the lower left hand side]
…and jump over here…and walk over here all the way to a beam.
[She has a balance beam (line) and vault in purple in the lower right hand corner]
Right here they are jumping on here and then they are keeping their feet together and they are jumping.
[The girl with a red head, a red-orange leotard and green hair is jumping on the yellow & pink donut mat]
And right here they are tumbling.
[The girl with red hair in the lower left hand corner who appears to be wearing an orange toga with blue and green dots.]
And this one is laying here because there’s a puppet.
[The girl with huge hair and a red-striped leotard. Bean gave her a black dotted ball too. A puppet??]
And this one, she’s walking on the ball and then she’s jumping here and then she’s jumping on the ball.”
[The girl in purple is jumping on the two orange mats and the red ball.]

Two other things that Bean wanted to make sure I knew about are the “jumpy snake” [the light blue shape near the yellow mat] and the “swimsuit leotard” [the polka-dotted shape near the purple girl and red ball]. I’m not quite sure what either of those are about. Any ideas? The other details are different mats and gym equipment and some of her words. [the zig-zags in the middle of the page]

Bean coloring

Do two markers color twice as fast or make it twice as orange?

I’m entering Bean’s picture in the “Strong and Happy” Drawing Contest sponsored by 5 Minutes for Mom along with Yoplait Kids. Thank you Yoplait! (Bean enjoys Yoplait Kids yogurt cups and Go-Gurt.) Visit the contest here to see all the other cute entries and enter your kids’ drawings for a chance to win a generous prize to use towards classes (including sports) and/or education materials for them.

PS-Couldn’t resist adding these two flashback links:

Bean likes to exercise

Bouncy Bean (aka “Thank you, Grandma, for sending me a leotard!)

ERGOBaby Carrier giveaway at My Wee View

19 11 2009

I’m intrigued by the style and practicality of the ERGObaby carrier. I’d love to have one to carry Mighty Man around in.

ERGObaby is offering a lucky My Wee View reader a HandsFree System, consisting of an ERGObaby Carrier, Backpack, and Front Pouch. Enter here at My Wee View.

My Wee View Visit My View for lots more Christmas gift ideas too.

Giveaway Linky List

17 11 2009

I had started this project awhile back: To make a list of different sites that host Mr. Linky (lists with links) of giveaways. I wanted to help some bloggy friends spread the word about their own giveaways. My work is complete…I just found a very thorough list of lists already compiled here at the Mom Reviews. Thank you! If you need a diversion, this is for you too! Just don’t blame me if you get sucked in.

Breezy Oaks Boutique

14 11 2009

I love little boutique stores. It’s always interesting to see what little treasures people have discovered. Breezy Oaks Baby Boutique is a good example with beautiful gifts for babies and kiddies. And, I especially like that their store has a link to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

After you find something you like, you can win a $25 gift card to the Breezy Oaks Baby Boutique at Two of a kind, working on a full house blog here. (through 12/2)

A crafter’s organizing dream

4 10 2009

Today I found a contest that made me gasp for delight!  I logged on to get ideas for this weeks meal plan over at I’m an Org Junkie and followed her links to the giveaway going on at My Organized Chaos where you can enter for a chance to win your very own Workbox!


I can not even begin to tell you how many times I have pined over this beautiful piece of furniture.  Storage, organization and workspace that can be closed up and protected from the kids!

I bet this is how my husband feels when he reads the Cabella’s catalog- LOL!


Meal Plan Monday in MA

13 09 2009

Today I’m planning out a week+ of dinners with some inspiration from some borrowed cookbooks. I hosted a little lending-library cookbook playdate for our playgroup. A few of us love reading new cookbooks, so it worked out well. Everyone who came brought some cookbooks and cooking magazines and went home with new ones. I have a few tasty-sounding recipes from those books I borrowed. So here is my plan with my thinking-aloud notes!

Monday: Cassoulet Quickly (from The Working Parents Cookbook)

I just love the way the word “cassoulet” rolls off the tongue; cah-sue-lay, ka-soooooo-lay, caaaaa-soo—okay, enough! I haven’t had a decent cassoulet since a random visit to the home of the aunt of an acquaintance when I lived in Lyon. I’m not trying to recreate an authentic cassoulet and I’ll probably be using a combination of chicken sausage and breakfast sausage from the freezer. I also adore the accompanying illustration in the cookbook that shows a bunch of smiling beans doing the backstroke in a casserole dish.

Tuesday: Homemade Spaghetti-O’s

I found these ring-noodles from Ronzoni on sale last week and thought they’d make fun spaghetti-o’s without all the sodium & MSG. I had never seen this dry pasta shape sold before and, funny thing is, I can’t find them on their website! But, Ronzoni is hosting a contest to win free groceries for a year, so enter here!

Wednesday: Navy Bean & Bacon Chowder (Fix-it & Forget It Entertaining Cookbook)

Okay, no story for this recipe. It just sounded easy to make and who can complain about eating more beans when there’s bacon involved?

Thursday: Highly Secretive Chicken Recipe Trial #2 for the Taste of Home Chicken Champs Cooking Contest

I could tell you what I’m making, but then it wouldn’t be a secret! I’m trying to create a recipe from the memory of a meal we had with friends over 5 years ago. It seems like I’m on the right track. I just need to clarify a few ingredients and quantities.

Friday: American Salad Nicoise (from The Working Parents Cookbook)

Bean’s favorite jingle is from the Bumblee Bee Tuna commerical on the radio. She sings along every time it plays! And I loved the picture next to this recipe: An olive, a potato, and a bean fishing for tuna. It isn’t called “American” in the cookbook but I added that since I’m going to sub regular yellow mustard for the dijon in the house vinagrette or hubby won’t touch it.Or maybe I’ll just use some caesar dressing from the fridge.

Saturday & Sunday: Leftovers
Need to take a break from meal-making and maybe go out to a festival or apple picking…

Monday: Creole Black Beans (Fix-it & Forget It Entertaining Cookbook)

Well, not sure if I can call it creole because by the time I finish subbing out some of the ingredients, it will surely be something else. I have the beans, but I think I’ll cube some beef instead of using smoked sausage since that’s what’s in the freezer. I think it’ll still be tasty served over rice.

Tuesday & Wednesday: Sammies and Leftovers
Going to leave the fridge empty while we go camping for the weekend. Hurray for yurts!

For more meal plans and lots of dinner ideas, go to I’m an Organizing Junkie.