Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween 2012

From me...and our four little PUMPKINS...
Happiest of Halloween wishes!!  
May you have a fun, safe and candy filled night!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Costume Sneak Peek...Wanna See??

Halloween is tomorrow and our kids are so excited to go show off their cool Costumes!
We have an 80's girl!  Like Totally...
We have a Leopard Kitty...HISS!
And...Buzz Lightyear!  Adventure is his middle name!

Are you wondering where the oldest is, with his costume?  I knew this day was coming eventually...but he's only 11!  He decided that this year, he doesn't want to dress up and trick-or-treat this year.  

What age did your kids STOP dressing up to trick-or-treat?
Did they ever stop?
Are you an adult that still loves to get creative at Halloween and dress the part?

I hope you all have a safe & blessed time tomorrow night, as you celebrate this fun holiday!

I was not paid to feature this post!  All costumes were purchased on our behalf and were not sponsored by any business or company!

Monday, October 29, 2012

What Is "NEIGHBORHOOD TOY STORE DAY" and Why Do You Want To Know??

If you are a parent, or aunt, or uncle, or grandparent...you are personally involved with the "CHILDREN" in your life, right?  You spend time with these kids!  You care about their education!  You care about the things they choose to be interested in!  In fact, you care about the toys they play with too...right?


I am excited to share with you about the 3rd Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day (Sat. November 12th)!!

It's a day to introduce families to the fun of shopping LOCALLY and to celebrate each toy store's commitment to the community.  Participating stores will host local in-store events for families (activities, craft projects, live performances, etc.) to help kick off the holiday shopping season & celebrate the joy of shopping for toys!

What's it's mission?
To help parents discover the "WOOHOO FACTOR" of finding and playing with today's best toys on the market!
Want to learn more about your LOCAL Neighborhood Toy Store Day Events?
This is a great resource to learn more about the best toys on the market...and where to buy them!

We had the honor of checking out a few of the award winning toys that will be highlighted this year:
Ogo Sport Raq is a fun outdoor game that combines disc and racquet ball.  Each set includes two racquets with mesh nets and a flux ball with movable tail parts.  An ASTRA's Best Toys for Kids 2012 award winner & perfect for ages 6+!  Retails for $34.99 and can be found at independent toy stores nationwide.
Puppet-on-a-Stick by Educational Insights is an adorable way for your children to have puppet shows, storytime, Youtube theater, etc.  This is another ASTRA's Best Toys for Kids 2012 award winner & perfect for ages 4+.  Retails for $9.99 and can be found at independent toy stores nationwide.
Kidoozie Deluxe Build-A-Road with Elevator is an amazing toy that allows kids to create and play with their own constructed roadways.  It includes over 240 pieces (including a elevator lift & turn-around ramp), and over 12 feet of interchangeable, flexible track.  This is yet another ASTRA's Best Toys for Kids 2012 award winner & perfect for ages 3+.  Retails for $49.99 and can be found  at independent toy stores nationwide.
Feed the Woozle by Peaceable Kingdom is a fun game that allows all players to work together against the common obstacle.  This game is a wonderful way to learn about body awareness, fine motor skills, counting and teamwork.  Another ASTRA's Best Toys for Kids 2012 award winner and perfect for ages 3-6.  Retails for $19.99 and can be found at independent toy stores nationwide.

You can learn more about an event near you, these toys and so much more by:

Did you know that according to the 3/50 Project, for every $100 spent in local, independently-owned stores, $68 returns to the community in the form of taxes, charitable contributions and more - in contrast with only $43 when consumers spend their money at a national chain?

In addition, independent toy stores carry many of the high-quality, boutique and specialty products, not typically found at big box stores.  

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for review/feature!  The products sent to me, were sent free of charge by Child's Play Communications on behalf of the Neighborhood Toy Store Day and The Woohoo Factor!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Praying For Those Who Will Be Effected By Hurricane Sandy!

Here we sit, all safe and sound on the WEST COAST, while our friends on the East Coast are batting down the hatches, as they brace for Hurricane Sandy!  I know that feeling, anticipating the storm.  We actually lived on the EAST COAST when the last one went through.  I had our bathtub filled with water, the flashlights ready and we were hunkered down...just waiting!  

There is honestly nothing worse than just waiting for the unknown to hit!  

YOU CAN TRACK THE STORM 

I just wanted to send up a quick prayer, if you'd like to join me, for everyone are being effected by this!  Praying for safety, protection, and peace as they wait out the storm!  May it find some way to dissolve and just be a tropical storm when it hits!  

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was not compensated by posting about this!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

More FALL "GOOD READS" From Harper Collins Children's

Several books, from HARPER COLLINS CHILDREN, have "ARRIVED" just in time for some cozy, in front of the fire, reading time with your kids!  

I am excited that we not only get to share, but have had the opportunity personally screen these books ourselves!
When a half man, half bat creature attacks Gotham City...the police think it's Batman gone crazy.  In order to clear his name, he has to defeat this fiendish foe.  This book is not only easy to read, but the story is thrilling and exciting and will have your little guys on their toes to the very end!
Perfect for ages 4-8
Sister Bear has a wiggly tooth and is so excited for it to fall out.  She knows that the tooth fairy will come and leave a quarter under her pillow!  She gets even more excited when she finds out that her friend Lizzy Bruin got a whole dollar for the last tooth that she lost.  Now Sister can't wait to see how much the Tooth Fairy leaves her this time!
Perfect for ages 4-8
Gloria's birthday is tomorrow and everyone is excited about the celebration except Frances.  Frances can't help but think that it always seems to be someone else (imaginary friends and such) birthday instead.  Even worse, Gloria's birthday present cost twice as much as she thought it would.  What will turn this birthday celebration around?
Perfect for ages 4-8
Kids love reading the Little Critter stories, and now they can learn to read on their own with this box set of 12 easy to read stories.  Each one focusing on different phonic elements, from short vowels to sight words. 
Perfect for ages 3-5
It's the day of Emma's big race and Dixie comes to watch.  Emma tells Dixie that her job is to "sit, stay and cheer".  But Dixie is sad she can't race too, yet is determined to behave.  When Emma trips and falls before the finish line, will Dixie be able to obey her  best friend and STAY put or rush in to help her?
Perfect for ages 4-8

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Friday, October 26, 2012

How Many Steps Do You Take A Day?

I am, what I would consider, a very active mom!  Does that mean I work out consistently?  No...but there is very rarely a time when I am docile or resting.  I am almost always on the move, unless I am sleeping! But I have honestly never tracked just how many steps I do take a day.

Have you ever figured out how many steps you take a day?

Have you ever heard of Move100.org?  It's a website set up to challenge and motivate EVERYONE to get up and be active for 100 minutes a day.  Thanks to their tools to track...getting those 100 minutes a day is easier than most people think!
Thanks to the SPORTLINE  330DS Step Pedometer , now I can keep track!
Yesterday, I clipped this Sportline 330DS Step Pedometer on my pants and got to my normal everyday business around the house.  
I was shocked to see...at the end of the day (8:00 pm) what it read!  YES...it says 15,348!  

I had looked up on the internet yesterday the following info:

Which shows that I am considered "HIGHLY ACTIVE"!  
I have to agree!!

The best part about this pedometer arriving...our oldest daughter insisted on wearing this to school today, because she wants to know how many steps she takes a day.  To me, being competitive about things like healthy activity is a GOOD THING!  So...she wore it and I can't wait to read the digital numbers when we take it off her tonight.  SO MUCH FUN!

CLICK HERE to learn more about the TOOLS you can use if you choose to participate in the move100.org  program!

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My First Collection DVD Set - Featuring Robot Zot!

As you know, our family is a huge fan of Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD's and stories.   These videos prove to not only intrigue, excited and teach my children, but also help with their reading (on screen) and in hearing amazing stories by inspiring authors.
We received the "My First Collection - Featuring Robot Zot!" DVD set in the mail and our 4 year old little guy was super excited!
In fact, we had to put the first DVD in immediately, so he could watch it.  I love how they have the read along guide!  It not only encourages my son (who is not even in school yet) to learn to read...but also helps those in my house that can read, to read long with the story.
He loved the Robot Zot! story as well as the Stars! Stars! Stars! story...which is all about space!  Even I learned something from watching this story!

What a great collection of stories!


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

Thursday, October 25, 2012

I Love My Ninja® Cooking System! You Will To When You #WIN This #Giveaway!

I'll admit it...like I have many times before, cooking is not my passion!  I have gotten better about doing it and actually have gotten pretty good at it (pat, pat, pat on my back)...however, I still enjoy meals that involve less from me, less dishes and mess, and a whole lot less fuss!

I was super excited to learn about a product that "CLAIMED" to not only roast & bake, slow cook and even make "one pot meals" all in one AMAZING easy to clean, handy dandy, counter top friendly machine!

The Ninja® Cooking System arrived at our front door and I was so excited to not only check out the recipes they included...but to try it out and see if it really worked as simply and amazingly as this looks:
The first thing I decided to try was baking brownies in my Ninja® Cooking System  and I was honestly impressed!
They were moist, baked through, and delicious!  If you can't tell from my expression...I was impressed!!  It really baked, just like an oven!  LOVE IT!  Didn't have to heat up the entire house to bake a pan of brownies for the family!  AWESOME!
Then I decided to try their ONE POT MEALS...Spaghetti and Meatballs!  When I first dropped everything in...I was thinking to myself, "this will be interesting!"
I stirred it a few times, as it cooked and still doubted it was going to work out and cook the noodles the right way, thaw and heat the meatballs, and not make the sauce to runny!  It honestly TURNED OUT AWESOME!  It got two thumbs up from everyone at the dinner table.  The best part about this one...there was not pots and pans to clean up!  There was not a big mess all over the counter top.

I cannot wait to use it to roast a chicken too!
I LOVE THIS THING!!

Because I am honestly so impressed with this Ninja® Cooking System, I know you're going to be just as excited about this part as I am!  I get to offer this awesome  to (1) Lucky One Bored Mommy reader as well!

ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY BELOW:

CLICK HERE to learn more about the this awesome Ninja® Cooking System and why you want to buy this for your family if you don't win this giveaway!

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Specific Prayer For Your Kids...

Life is hard!  The best we can do as parents is provide a positive, loving and stable environment...where they are comfortable, capable of becoming their own person and learn to find JESUS through it all!

I saw this prayer on Pinterest and thought that it was not only one that I need to post on the fridge for myself...but also could help many other parents pray specifically for their children:

May you be blessed by this today!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was not compensated in any way by posting about these prayer ideas for your children.

@DURACELL - Talk About The Perfect Adult Stocking Stuffer!

Not sure about you...but for me, finding the things to put in our spouses stocking can be truly stumping!  I mean...you can buy candy, but is that something they would want?  You could be socks & underwear (yes...I have before), but again, not something they will be excited to pull out of their stocking on Christmas morning.

But what grown adult person (okay and kids & teens as well) isn't interested, in some way...in their cell phone?  SERIOUSLY!!  It seems that now days, we are totally inhibited if our phones go dead!  I can clearly think of specific instances when having the product, I am about to tell you about, would have saved me worry and heartache!
I received one of these chargers to try out for myself and I have to honestly tell you...
this may be my new favorite little gadget!  
It's simple to use...you charge it with your laptop or computer's USB port.  When the light on the end turns green (it's red as it's charging), it's ready for use & storage (till you need it).
To charge your cell phone, you simply flip the switch to on, plug in the cable from the Duracell Rechargeable Instant USB Charger and your cell phone.  It's as simple as that.  It will, amazingly enough charge your phone and you'll be ready to roll again.  No need for an outlet or having to panic as you see your battery bar dissolve.  

I could have used this on the train to NYC so many times.  Seriously...this is well worth the investment!
CLICK HERE to learn more and to order a few "stocking stuffers" for those adults in your life that could use a little "CHARGE"!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Altrient - Keep Me Healthy!

As a busy mommy of four, heaven knows this mommy needs to stay healthy & charged, so she can take care of everything & anything that might come her way!  
But how does a mommy keep herself from getting run down (when she is sleep deprived) and keep herself healthy (when she's constantly cuddling with little germ carriers)?
Perhaps a product like Atrient could help this busy and stressed mommy healthy & going!
Altrient comes in two different varieties:

It tastes best if drank in some strong fruity flavored juice (because it's a very strong vitamin smell and taste)!  These products are not formulated for children or pets.  It also does not STIR in to the juice because it's not a water soluble product, so it will look clumpy.  But if you take it in just enough for a swallow or two...it's not bad and it's already starting to work on your body for the day ahead!
I look forward to using these products and continuing to be healthy and FULL OF ENERGY!

CLICK HERE to learn more about these products and if they could help you boost your energy and health as well!

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

Monday, October 22, 2012

Thank You "Rio de Keratin"...Her Hair Is LOVELY!

Our oldest daughter has amazing hair!  It's thick, it's naturally wavy, it's super long (right now) and super healthy!  It grows fast and is just simply a head to be envied!  My only complaint about it...it gets severely tangled!  Even when it's shorter...it's hard to comb through and when dried without product, is very frizzy!
So I was excited to learn about "Rio de Keratin"!  
This process is simple, easy and makes keeps her hair far less frizzy, far less tangled and smooth as silk.  SERIOUSLY!
You complete it in a few simple steps:
Wash hair with shampoo only!
Dry hair to damp/semi-dry!
Section hair off and spray through each section (combing through) with the product!
Completely dry the hair!
Section off and flat iron straight!
Do not wet or style the hair for 24 hours!
Wash & condition with the conditioner provided!

AWESOME!!
She loves her super soft, super silky, super smooth hair...and I WILL LOVE IT even more in the mornings when we don't have to fight the tangles and frizz before school!
CLICK HERE to learn more about this product and to order some for your "at home" Rio de Keratin treatment kits today!

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

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Let SANTA Make A Special Appearance On Christmas MORNING!

On Christmas morning last year...the kids were super surprised and excited that SANTA left them a special message, on DVD, to talk to the kids personally!  
Seriously...our kids were totally floored!  And since we still have four VERY BIG believers in our home, they were even more convinced after watching this DVD!!  Santa even talked about seeing our dog "Jade" during his visit to our house that night before Christmas!  Talk about wide eyes and bright smiles from all four kids!  He spoke individually to each child, encouraging them and talk to them.  They listened intently!
Because of the impression it made...we have watched this video many times over the past year!  
In fact, we just watched this DVD again yesterday!  
They truly feel special that Santa left them this DVD!
Starting November 1, 2012...
YOU can order your family a www.yoursantastory.com DVD to have them watch in amazement on Christmas morning!  
TRUST ME...this is well worth the investment!  
Your kids will truly be SOLD on Santa!

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CLICK HERE to get your e-mail on their list...so you can be notified when they start their "limited production" of 2012 YOUR SANTA STORY DVD's!

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Our Dogs Say "THANK YOU" @PetSmart and @PetSafe !

Our dogs have found a new form of freedom in our home! 
This freedom has also given me a new found freedom as well. 
I am no longer ruled by the door!
THEY LOVE their new PetSafe Dog Door!  LOVE IT!!
Our older dog has the hang of it...totally!
The little guy will get braver...he has, what I like to call "Nose to Flap" phobia!  But he will follow our older dog through the door if she comes in first!

This dog door will provide an environment in our home, where the dogs can live freely and I like that a lot.  They can go out when they need to!  They can come back in when they are done.  It requires no assistance on my behalf or the kid's behalf!  It's a total WIN-WIN!

So, if you have dogs and are currently being "RULED BY THE DOOR"...consider one of these PetSafe dog doors for your home!  Trust me...it will be one of the best investments you can make for yourself and your pet.
Thanks again PetSmart and PetSafe for providing us with our new PetSafe Dog Door!  We couldn't be more satisfied by it!

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