Wednesday, August 31, 2011

This Winner's GOING SHOPPING @TARGET Really Soon!

You're all jealous, right?

The winner of the $50 Target Gift Card Giveaway is:

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Congrats!  You now have 48 hours to claim your prize!  Thank you to everyone who entered to win! 

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What Happens When You Fill A WATER BALLOON With Helium? LOADS OF Free Entertainment!!

So, as we were celebrating my oldest son's birthday today...I got a wild idea!  What happens when you fill up water balloons (I bought them for a cannon fight...because his theme was PIRATES) with helium? 

CHECK IT OUT! 
My kids have not stopped playing with them since!  The bad thing...once they make it to the ceiling, they need help getting them down!  The good thing...seriously they loved it!  SERIOUSLY LOVED IT!  Why didn't I think of this sooner?

Talk about an awesome "FREE" way to entertain the kids for hours...all with good, harmless fun! 

Anyway, just had to share in case any of you are as desperate as I am, right now (since school was delayed a week), to find things to keep them busy for a little longer this summer!

Want To Learn More About How CHILDREN And YOGA Are A Great Combo? This Will Be "The Balancing Act" Show You Won't Want To Miss!

Our family is huge fans of Move With Me Action Adventures

The mix of yoga and kids is the perfect combo! 

Now...the brilliant & beautiful woman who dreamt this combo into a DVD series will be on "The Balancing Act" Show on September 30th to tell you all about it!
Let me encourage you to watch & check out all this amazing company has to offer your family!

I was not paid to feature this post!  The helped sponsor me to Blogher 2011 with a $75 donation towards my costs!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

TEN Short Years Ago TODAY...I Became A Mommy For The First Time!

I remember the day like it was yesterday!  I was 36 weeks exactly and my water had broke two days before, but after being given bad advice on the phone (by a male nurse), I went to the my doctor's appointment expecting four more weeks till my baby arrived.  I was wrong!  I had an infection!  HE WAS COMING...THAT DAY!  I called my boyfriend, who was on duty in the Navy in San Diego and he started a long drive through LA in rush hour to get to the hospital in hopes of arriving before his first born son made his appearance. 

Thankfully, he got there in plenty of time and actually was a part of the entire birth experience (for the most part).  Our bouncing baby boy came out screaming, but struggling to breath at a whopping 6 pounds, 3 ounces and 20 1/2 inches long.  You guessed it...he was carted off to the NICU for under developed lungs, where he stayed for 5 days.  A very long 5 days...
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(this is a picture of the day I took him home)
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Now...he's a smart, soft spirited, sweetheart of a young man!
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I love this boy!
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He's almost as tall as me...and he's much bigger than he was the day he was born!
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But he'll always be my baby too! 
He was my introduction into motherhood and for the first six months of his life...it was just me & him.  I thank GOD everyday for giving him to me!  He was such a blessing!
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Happy Birthday Son! 
I couldn't be more proud of the man you are becoming! 
Thank you for letting me be your mommy! 
I LOVE YOU!

This Winner Will Have Some READING To Do...


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Head Lice...You Don't Stand A Chance In This House! Thanks to "Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel" Products!

Our experience with head lice last year was AWFUL!  Beyond awful...I can't even describe to you how much it makes me itch to think about it, how many nightmares I had about those horrible bugs and how I cringe at the thought of having another bout of HEAD LICE!  Yes...we (all three ladies in the house) had full blown cases of head lice and it was not PRETTY!  NOT AT ALL!
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Did you know that 85% of all school districts report at least one case of head lice every year and that the majority is in preschool and elementary school aged kids?

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Thanks to Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel Products (sent to us free of charge for this review/feature) from Team Mom, I can breath easy that this year we should be 100% head lice free in this house!  We received the Shampoo, Conditioner, Spray & Shield and Leave-in Conditioning Spray.

I am so glad that this organic, safe to use daily (unlike other head lice removal systems) product can provide protection and prevention of these pesky little critters from every showing up on anyone in our family's hair! 

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Did you know that there is even an application about prevention and facts about head lice?  CLICK HERE to learn more about it!  What a handy thing to have with you...when you just might need it this school year!

Please CLICK HERE to learn more about Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel products and I would strongly suggest you consider stocking up and using it NOW!  Don't wait till you have an issue...because, by then, it's to late!  You will never understand the true extend of "NIT PICKING" till your doing it in your kids & your own hair.  YUCK! 

I am so thankful for products like Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel
Keeping those bugs away for good is A-OK with me!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for review/feature!

I Can't Believe It!!! Moon Dough Finally RECEIVES MY APPROVAL! What A Shocker!

Moon Dough and I have not really been pals in the past!  Why?  I love that it's hypoallergenic!  I love that my kids love playing with it!  I HATE...I REPEAT...I HATE THE MESS THAT IT MAKES!  Seriously...when Santa was handing it out at the mall this last year for Christmas...I begged and pleaded (literally I did) with my kids NOT TO TAKE it...and they did...and my kitchen paid for it (because of the mess that was made when they played with it).
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However, I got a chance to try it again...because they have an "all new dough formula" and since Team Mom was offering (sending the product for us to review free of charge)...I wasn't going to not try it!
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It arrived and my kids immediately went nuts!  NO JOKE!  I think they loved both playing with it and the charge they go,t when they saw how upset it made me to have to clean it up!  Anyway, I decided to let my oldest son be my review assistant...because I felt he would make the least amount of mess, should this new dough formula not be IMPROVED!
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LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING...I was shocked!  The new dough formula is awesome!  There was no mess left on the table when we were playing with it!  The dough stayed together and if it did come apart...it was much easier to gather up and play with again.  What a HUGE difference! 
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The Breakfast Set we received offered another positive addition...Push N Pop cutouts that make creating your Moon Dough creations easier!  You just push it down and pop it up and out comes your waffles, strawberries, etc.  We had a great time cooking and creating a "Moon Dough" breakfast!
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All in all...I will admit that I was pleasantly surprised to find myself enjoying the entire experience with Moon Dough now...from the start to the" easy to clean up" finish (in a provided ziplock baggie).  Moon Dough has earned my respect and I will consider purchasing more of this "NEW IMPROVED DOUGH FORMULA" product for my kids in the future!

Thank you Moon Dough!  Thanks for making a dough that my kids love, that never dries out and now can be cleaned up with ease!  I am impressed and excited to share with other mommies that you've got yourself QUITE a product now!  I can also say this would NOW be a great gift for children on your Christmas list this year!
I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated ony by the product sent for review/feature!

Monday, August 29, 2011

This Winner Will Have STYLIN' HAIR, Thanks To Their PRIZE!

The winner of the  Goody OUCHLESS Hair Products Giveaway is:

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Congrats!  You now have 48 hours to claim your prize!  Thank you to GOODY for sponsoring this awesome giveaway!  Thank you to everyone who entered to win!

3-Ply Toilet Paper? OH MY!! A White Cloud Delivery Is Always Welcome In This House!

In this house...toilet paper is not only a necessity, but we FLY through it!  If there was something I could officially say we should "BUY STOCK IN" this would be the product!  Why?  Well, with six people in the house (all of which use the toilet now), and three of which are girls (which means we are in need of toilet paper more often then the guys)...let's just say, it's something we typically BUY IN BULK!
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So, I will admit that I was beyond DELIGHTED with a box from White Cloud (on behalf of The Balancing Act TV Show) arrived today on our front door step.  Even the delivery guy gave a chuckle as I read out loud the writing on the box...because toilet paper makes everyone smile, right?  It should at least...if it's good!
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What's different about White Cloud 3 ply Ultra toilet paper?  Well, first off, it's sold exclusively at Walmart stores!
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Secondly, it's 3 layers of soft lightly textured absorbent paper.  I didn't even know they made 3 ply toilet paper!  That's a little bit of heaven...just ask my husband (who is by far the pickiest about the toilet paper type in our house).
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Thirdly, it's priced perfectly for our family and provides just what we need to adequately "TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS", without using a lot (because it's extra thick), which means it will last longer! 
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Did I mention they have a money back guarantee?

Our oldest daughter put the softness of the paper to the test...and as you can see by her smile!  It passed with flying colors!  By the way, we sometimes use toilet paper, around here, to blow our noses...so the softer the paper, the better!  WHITE CLOUD 3 ply Ultra toilet paper is ideal for both uses!
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Want to learn more about White Cloud products (they have a recycled fiber line as well...for those of you who are trying to stay GREEN) & also save yourself $1.00 on your next purchase?  CLICK HERE and check it out!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for review/feature!  This feature is also being featured on "THE BALANCING ACT" blog!

The Case Of The MISSING LETTER - On The Keyboard That Is...

As you know, I am on my computer a lot!  You're nodding your head in agreement with me, right?

 My fabulous husband bought me a laptop for Christmas this past year and I love it!  It's great, because I am able to move from room to room, if needed, to keep an eye on things around the house, while I productively work on my posts & tweets.
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Anyway, because of my LARGE load of typing...and the fact that I type faster than I can actually speak...I noticed that I have actually been wearing the lettering off the keys.  In fact, the "N" is missing all together (from certain angles), because the white paint that once so BOLDY announced it's name, is now missing!

Thankfully, I can type without looking at my fingers and they automatically know where the letter N is...but I found it odd that, that (and part of the letter M) have rubbed completely away!  Funny, right?

Have you ever had this happen on any of your keyboards? 
Would you know where your letters were if they weren't written on each key? 
Have you ever taken typing classes before or done a typing program to learn on the computer? 

Anyway, just thought I'd share the "CASE" with you, because my kids are very concerned mommy won't know where the LETTER "N" is when I type! 

Hey Busy Mommies - Here's A Great "ON THE GO" Low Calorie Snack For You To Try, Plus A #GIVEAWAY

As a busy mommy of four, I will admit that I've skipped a meal or two, just because I personally do not have time to eat.  Is this good for me?  No!  Is it good for my goals to maintain a certain weight?  No!  My body needs nutrition and though I might not have time, finding a quick "ON THE GO" snack that is low calorie and good for me is important!  That's why I love Fiber One 90 Calorie Bars
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These awesome bars are so delicious, you will never think about the fact that they are only 90 calories.  In fact, these delicious chewy bars contain 20 percent of the recommended daily fiber intake, making them the perfect on-the-go snack. They are the perfect size to throw in your purse as you head out the door and eat in the car, as you head into work, etc.  PERFECT!
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I received a great gift pack from Fiber One (on behalf of MyBlogSpark, sent free of charge for this review/feature) that not only allowed me the chance to try the Fiber One 90 Calorie bars, but also some cool goodies to go with them!

Don´t let your hunger pangs lead to regrettable decisions. Snack in style with Fiber One 90 Calorie Chewy Bars, the "official snack" of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. From September 1, 2011 through November 30, 2011, visit www.FiberOne.com to enter the "Fiber One Great Taste Giveaway" for a chance to win a trip to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in February 2012 or, through March 31, 2012, one of 100 $500 gift cards for a designer handbag of your choice. For complete contest rules please visit FiberOne.com or find details on specially marked packages of Fiber One 90 Calorie Bars.
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Are you curious to try these Fiber One 90 Calorie Chewy Bars?  I have the opportunity to giveaway the same gift pack:
Your prize pack will contain:
  • 1 chic black cosmetic case
  • 1 pop-out hair brush
  • 1 compact mirror
  • 1 tin of mints
  •  to (1) Lucky One Bored Mommy Reader!  That reader could be you!

    To Enter This Giveaway (you must do the first and then one or all of the following):
    1st - Tell me what your typical "ON THE GO" snack is
    2nd - Tell me if you've tried Fiber One Bars before
    3rd - Tell me why having a low calorie snack option is perfect for your busy schedule
    4th - "LIKE" us on Facebook & comment that you do (CLICK HERE)
    5th - Follow us on Twitter & comment that you do (CLICK HERE)
    6th - Follow our blogspot directly and comment that you do
    7th - Tweet about this giveaway & comment that you did (you may do this twice daily)
    8th - Blog about this giveaway & comment that you did, with a link, so we can read about it
    9th - Enter one of the other giveaways and comment that you did (you may do this once per giveaway entered)

    This giveaway will end on September 12, 2011 and is opened to US residents only! Please be sure to leave your e-mail address with each entry and leave separate comments for each entry.

    Thank you Fiber One 90 Calorie Chewy Bars for offering me a quick, simple, low calorie and delicious snack to grab and go with.

    I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the product sent for review/feature! Disclosure: Fiber One Bars, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark

    The Best Portable, Foldable, Safety Approved Booster Seat EVER - The Bubble Bum

    Traveling with four kids can mean that we have to take a LOT of stuff!  Especially since our children are still very young and small.  Because car & booster seat laws are different in every state...having a product that not only "KEEPS US LEGAL", saves us money and fits in our suitcases is IDEAL!  Wouldn't you agree?
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    When we had the chance to review the BUBBLE BUM (sent free of charge for this review/feature), I wasn't sure it was going to be something that I really would feel safe using with my kids.  I mean...it's basically a blow up cushion, right?
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    WRONG!!  Not only is it just like (or equal to) the booster seats we already use for our kids (safety wise), but it's even a little bit more comfortable on their bottom (just ask my daughter), it straps in to make it secure and, when deflated...it fits in a carry-on, suitcase or even their own backpacks.
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    SHE LOVES IT!
    This Bubble Bum is perfect for traveling children ages 4-11, convenient for play dates after-school and helpful to Grandparents who get frequent opportunities to spend time with their grand kids.
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    The best thing about it...it can really save you money, when you're already spending a lot on a vacation or trip.  You don't have to rent a booster seat, because you just pull it out, blow it up and strap your child in.  Then you're off and ready to start your adventure!
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    The Bubble Bum retails for $39.99 and is worth every cent, in my opinion!  Just having this available, if and when we need it, makes me a happy mommy!

    PLEASE...CLICK HERE and check out even more reasons why you want to buy this Bubble Bum for your kids!
    I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the product sent for review/feature!

    Olivia: Princess For A Day Arrives September 6th!

    My kids, even though my oldest won't admit it to his friends...are awfuly fond of a sweet little cartoon pig named "OLIVIA".  She won them over with her curious personality and drive to do whatever she sets her mind to.  She's got a creative imagination and her confidence inspires my kids to dream big too!

    On September 6th, her newest DVD is due to hit shelves everywhere and I am excited I get to give you the heads up before it arrives!
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    OLIVIA: Princess For A Day will offer Olivia the chance to trade places with a princess and experience what it's like to live in a real castle, ride in a royal carriage and everything "BEING ROYAL" entails.  This is a double length episode.
    This DVD also includes 7 of Olivia's other fun adventures as well! 

    Your little PRINCESSES are going to love this new DVD!

    CLICK HERE to pre-order your copy and save a few $$!

    I was not paid to feature this post ! I was compensated only by the product sent for review/feature!

    Sunday, August 28, 2011

    We SURVIVED The Storm - SO LONG Hurricane #Irene

    I was so tense last night!  So worried about the outcome of this morning's storm...that was bounding it's way towards us with speed and pure force!  In fact, I slept very little last night...as I kept an ear out to see whether or not I should relocate the kids in the house to keep everyone safe.

    Thankfully, this morning, I got to realize that my worry was in vein (no surprise).  WE not only survived the storm, but didn't even LOOSE POWER (at all) through it all.  There are a few branches broke, some leaves scattered, but for the most part, looks like our neighborhood made out A-OK! 
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    I am so grateful for everyone who offered up prayers for the East Coasters getting SMACKED by such a forceful Hurricane! 

    Please continue to pray for those without power, as there are hundreds of thousands without.  Pray that the roads can be easily cleared and the casualties are slim to none! 

    Thanks again for praying and now I need to find a shirt that says, "I SURVIVED HURRICANE IRENE" for me and the kids!  LOL!

    Hurricane #Irene Update from Connecticut...

    It's 7:50 am and I was pleasantly surprised, that when I woke up this morning, the power was still on (which meant I was able to quickly make a pot of coffee) and so far there is no extra water in our house.  YAY!

    However, I am not sure that the worst of Huricane Irene has hit yet.  In fact, I know it hasn't!

    I snapped a few pictures, so you can see what it looks like outside right now:
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    It's currently downpouring and the wind is whipping, but not as bad as I thought it would be.

    But here's an update from NBC Connecticut on the storm coming:

    [The 5 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center shows Irene as Category 1 hurricane.  A hurricane warning  remains posted for the southern part of the state and a tropical storm warning for northern Connecticut. The storm is moving along the Jersey shore and is expected to move near New York City and move through near the Connecticut-New York border.

    There is also a tornado watch for Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven and New London counties until 11 a.m.

    "From 2 a.m. to 2 p.m., it will be some of the worst weather you've ever experienced in your life," NBC Connecticut meteorologist Bob Maxon said.]

    Thankfully, the kids slept good last night, we have no obligations today and I made a boatload of food yesterday to snack on today, should the power finally go out. 

    Thank you to everyone who has been praying.  Perhaps your prayers are what has kept us so safe and secure so far?  Keep them coming...

    Do Your Kids Love "BABAR"? Two New DVD's You'll Have To Check OUT!

    I remember watching & reading about Babar the Elephant when I was a child and I am thrilled that even after so many years, he's not only "STILL AROUND", but still finding a way to entertain the new generations of viewers!  My children included!!

    Babar is releasing two new DVD's that are both set to release on September 6th and I am delighted I get to tell you about them early...so you can pre-order, so you don't miss out!
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    Babar: The Classic Series: SCHOOL DAYS is a four episode DVD about Babar's own school day adventures.  Babar learns the lessons on acceptance , honesty and patience.  He thinks about his "EARLY education, thinks about being picked on by bullies, etc.  He soon realizes everyone should be proud of themselves because everyone is different & unique.  This DVD will teach your kids valuable lessons in not lying, about peer pressure and more!  What a great collection! 
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    Babar: The Classic Series: BEST FRIENDS FOREVER is a four episode DVD that talks about the bonds Babar shares with his friends and family.  In each episode, the elephant discovers important lessons on cooperation, teamwork and understanding!  Again...another fabulous collection of episodes from this famous 1931 storybook character. 

    I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for review/feature!

    Saturday, August 27, 2011

    This Winner's Going To Have a PICNIC Looking Through Their Winnings!



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    Congrats!  You now have 48 hours to claim your prize!  Thank you to Heinz 57 for sponsoring this giveaway!  Thank you to everyone who entered to win!

    Getting Prepared For Hurricane Irene To Hit...

    So, as you know...Hurricane Irene seems to be heading straight for us.  Poor NYC is already preparing with mandatory evacuations, closings of all metro transportation, etc.

    As you also know...I am not a fan of any natural disaster, but especially tornado's and hurricanes!  I've never experienced one "REALLY" hitting and I am praying that it's not as bad as some people are making it out to seem.  Of course, I understand that media outlets have to make sure we are prepared for the worst...
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    So, I filled up our bathtub with water (for flushing and cleaning with), since we are on a well and our pump won't work if our electricity is out.
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    I made sure we have extra batteries for our flashlights and located the flashlights...so they are available when we need them.
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    We filled up the van with gas and I found my plug converter for the car...so I can charge my phone or laptop by the van's battery...if we loose power for an extended amount of time.

    We have enough food to get by for a few days without grocery shopping or starving to death.

    And now we just wait...SEND PRAYERS.  I'm not very tough about things like this!  I know that GOD is going to protect us and HE definitely shows his POWER & MIGHT through storms like this (talk about a way to "WAKE PEOPLE UP")...but I still go into MAMA BEAR mode when it comes to keeping my family safe. 

    I'll update when I can...if I can...but if you don't hear from me for a couple days...keep checking for an update!  Not sure that the internet will hold out with such severe weather issues & trees falling on power  & telephone lines.

    Friday, August 26, 2011

    Like Mother...Like Daughter! I Love To See The SPIRIT Still LIVES!

    Once upon a REALLY LONG TIME AGO...I was a cheerleader! 
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    Can you believe it?  Yes, I only did it my Junior Year of high school, but that didn't mean that I wasn't SPIRITED (in fact, I was voted MOST SPIRITED SENIOR GIRL)!  In fact, I like to believe I still am! 

    So, today, when my oldest daughter got her first cheer leading uniform, I have to admit that I was teary and oh so proud! 
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    She looks adorable and just seeing a cheer uniform in my house brings back so many fun memories.  I LOVED cheering!  So far...she does too! 

    I just had to share, because nostalgia is a hard one to let go of!  I will never PUSH her to be a cheerleader, but I am delighted that she's taking interest in it, at least a little!  Makes me feel like I've passed a little bit of the SPIRIT on to her! 

    So there you go..."Let's Get A Little Bit ROWDY...
    R-O-W--D-Y"! 
    Love it!

    He'll Be Riding A Two Wheeler In No Time - Thanks To His New STRIDER No Pedal Balance Bike! #WIN ONE TOO!

    We have one little guy left in the house that doesn't know how to ride a two wheeler bike.  He just turned three and has mastered his trike, but riding something that requires skill and balance is a huge challenge for such a young one!  But hey, he's got an older brother and two older sisters to keep up with...and doesn't want to be left in the dust...
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    I now have no worries that after we use this cool new "TRAINING" tool that I am going to tell you about, he'll be off and riding a two wheeler sooner than I could have ever imagined he would or could.
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    We received this awesome green "STRIDER No Pedal Balance Bike" (sent to us free of charge for this review/feature) on his 3rd birthday!  PERFECT TIMING, right?  If you can't tell from the picture, he was beyond excited to get it out of the box and onto the road! 
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    Of course, the bike did require some assembly, but not much!  It literally took me about 10 minutes and we were headed out the door, with helmet in hand, to give it a test run and see how it worked.
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    He loved it!  LOVED IT! 

    Though he's definitely got a ways to go, when it comes to balance...he's going to get it so much quicker than my other kids did!  None of them were riding a two wheeler before they were 5 years old.  I think my older kids are a little jealous that he has this new tool to learn so much quicker than they did!  What a great product!  I thoroughly approve!!
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    I am so beyond excited for you guys too!  They are offering (1) Lucky Winner the chance to win a Strider No Pedal Balance Bike (their choice of color), a helmet and a bike bell (cause you know that no bike is complete without one)!

    To Enter This Giveaway (you must do the first and then one or all of the following):
    1st - CLICK HERE and tell me what color you will choose when you win
    2nd - Tell me how long it took your kids (if some of them have already learned) to ride a bike
    3rd - Tell me who will be using  this new Strider No Pedal Balance Bike
    4th - "LIKE" us on Facebook (CLICK HERE) and comment that you do
    5th - Follow us on Twitter (CLICK HERE) and comment that you do
    6th - Follow our blogspot directly and comment that you do
    7th - Tweet about this giveaway & comment that you did (you may do this twice daily)
    8th - Blog about this giveaway & comment that you did, with a link, so we can read about it
    9th - Enter one of the other giveaways and comment that you did (you may do this once per giveaway entered)

    This giveaway will end on September 10th, 2011 and is opened to US Residents only!  Be sure to leave your e-mail address with each entry and leave separate comments for each entry.

    Thank you MyStriderBike.com!  He loves his new No Pedal Balance Bike and so does his mommy!  Having this tool, to learn to ride a two wheeler is going to make my job of teaching him...that much easier!

    I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the product sent for review/feature!