Thursday, December 24, 2009

Have a Blessed Christmas!


Wishing everyone a most wonderful

Merry Christmas and a safe Happy New Year!
May they both be filled will the utmost blessings
and joys of the Lord. God Bless!





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Thursday, November 5, 2009

5 Minutes for Mom Christmas Giveaway 2009! A Christmas Celebration You Don't Want to Miss!

5 Minutes for Mom is at it again with a another Most Wonderful, Awesome, and Terrific CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY!

Starting today, November 5th and running through the month of November, 5 Minutes for Mom is will be hosting their Christmas Giveaway 2009! And with this giveaway comes well over 30 giveaways, loads of fun, and plenty of chances for you to win.

5 Minutes for Mom will also have some great ideas for the perfect gift for all of those family and friends that are on your Christmas List. So if you'd like to some great ideas, loads of fun, and a chance at winning some great prizes, then make sure you stop by 5M4M to enter!

Entries are open from Thursday, November 5th through Monday, November 30th at 12pm EST. Winners will be drawn randomly and will be announced on 5M4M on Tuesday, December 1st. See you there!

2009 Giveaways List:

~ $150 SHOPPING SPREE at Pedal Cars and Retro Collectibles and A Rocking Horse to Love
~ Veggie Tales Entire DVD Library
~ Rock Candy Princess Electric Guitar Pack
~ Shred Sled
~ Hasbro Giveaway
~ Epson Workforce 600 all-in-one Printer
~ $75 Maukilo Gift Card
~ Snapfish Photo Cards
~ Sesame Street:Celebrating 40 years of Sunny Days DVD
~ Band Hero Super Bundle
~ Melissa & Doug Grocery Store/Lemonade Stand
~ Young Scientists Club Science Kit
~ Tickets to see Finian’s Rainbow on Broadway
~ Wiggles Prize Pack
~ Kids Trayblecloth and Activity Center
~ Moody Mamas Maternity Wardrobe
~ Doll House Building Blocks
~ 5-in-1 Tasty Baker
~ RUVAcards Giveaway
~ Things Remembered Giveaway
~ Oreck Halo Vacuum
~ Child’s Sewing Kit and a Twelve Days of Christmas Ornament Set from The Land of Nod.
~ Minky Dinky baby blanket
~ $250 Gift Certificate to Mommy Tags
~ Pillow Pet
~ Dayspring Jesus Is The Gift Snowflake Home Collection
~ minui Handysitt portable high chair
~ Playskool/Hasbro Toys For Boys
~ Hasbro Toys for Girls
~ Playskool Explore ‘N Grow Toys for Baby
~ Lands’ End Cashmere Blend Throw
~ Spa Robe and Gift Certificate to EdibleGiftsPlus.com
~ Ben 10 Alien Creation Challenge
~ French Toast School Uniform Wardrobe
~ Personalized Jewelry from Isabelle Grace
~ Trunki Ride-on Suitcase
~ Gifts for baby
~ Cheeky and Swank Magnetic Bibs

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Vote for Me! Real Simple & Easy!

Hey Friends,

I could really use your help right now. I would LOVE TO WIN this Flip Ultra Video Camcorder from ClassyMommy.com but I can't do it alone. If you wouldn't mind voting for me I would be forever grateful. The votes are not based off of anything special. Just letting people know you entered and asking them to vote.

You can use this link to vote:

http://tinyurl.com/WinMeAFlip

The voting is real simple. Once you click on the link, my name (Melissa Picone) should show up at the top of the list. Just click on the "Vote" button next to my name. That's it. Easy as pie.

Note: The contest only allows 1 vote per household so please only vote once. Voting ends 11/3/09.

Thanks a bunch & God Bless!

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

5 Minutes for Mom ~ Elefun & Friends Silly Kids Photo Contest ~ 1st Prize Wins $1,000

So on a whim, I have decided to enter the Elefun & Friends Silly Kids Photo Contest hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom and sponsored by Hasbro. I mean, who doesn't want a chance at winning $1,000 or even the second prize for $300, right.

Now I don't know if I will win or not because there is some GREAT competition, but all-in-all I do hope that you all enjoy this wonderful photo of my son Caleb. I took this photo a few summers back when he and his cousins decided to stuff his clothes with the newly cut grass in my backyard. Note: Do not try this at home if you have Allergies. lol. And of course with Caleb being a big goof ball and a great sport, he was all for it. This is just one photo of the end result. Have fun!

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BTW, There is still time for you to enter the Silly Kids Photo Contest as well. The entry deadline is tomorrow October 19th, 3pm Eastern. Hope to see you there.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Please Help Support My Son's Cub Scout Troop ~ Popcorn Fundraiser

Well it is that time of the year again. My son is in his second year of Cub Scouts and their yearly fundraiser is to sell popcorn. And lots of it. lol. So I'm reaching out to my blogging family of friends. If any one is interested in purchasing popcorn from my son to help support his Cub Scout Troop I would be ever so grateful.

This year they are selling using Trail's End. They have all kinds of popcorn from Caramel, Cheese, and Chocolate in tins. As well as microwavable popcorn. You can even make a Military Donation and Trails-End will send popcorn to different Military bases to show support for our troops.

A good thing about popcorn sales is that 70% of the proceeds will go straight to my son's Cub Scout Troop which in turn not only help to fund fun for the boys, but also lots of educational activities. Plus it also helps to give more boys the chance to experience Scouting which my son enjoys very much.

Also, when you place your order it will be delivered straight to your home (unless it is a Military Donation). No waiting for orders to come in to me then to you. Pretty convenient.

Here is the link to order: Boy Scouts Popcorn Fundraiser.
If the area up the top in the green bar shows no supporting scout, just use the
Find a Scout to Support link and put in Caleb P 21234. Also, if possible, I would need all orders placed by October 27, 2009 for this specific fundraiser event. Hope you can help.

We thank you so much for your support. God Bless!

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Kelly's Text-A-Thon for Ovarian Cancer Awareness!

Kelly is at it again. Teaming up with Electrolux in the fight against ovarian cancer. And what a wonderful and much needed fight it is. But this time she is coming to you with a different angle with Kelly's TEXT-A-THON for a Cause!

Beginning on September 9th and running throughout the month of September, you can donate $5 to the cause by texting "KELLY" to 85944 from your mobile phones (standard text messaging rates apply) - or by logging on to www.kelly-confidential.com.

And every time you log on to the Web site, you'll be entered for a chance to win an amazing contribution to your home - a luxury front load washer and dryer from Electrolux in Turquoise Sky, the color inspired by the teal ribbon of ovarian cancer awareness.

Also during September, visitors to Kelly Confidential can help spread awareness for this important cause by sending a virtual T-shirt to a friend. For every virtual t-shirt sent, Electrolux will donate $1 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF). Fashion-forward Moms can also purchase a limited edition T-shirt designed by Ripa; 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the T-shirts will go to OCRF.

Thanks for taking a stand in the fight against ovarian cancer! God Bless!



For more information and details about this promotion, visit Kelly's Text-A-Thon for a Cause - Official Rules and How to Enter. Contest ends September 30, 2009.

I'd also like to send out a big thanks to
Mom Select for both the information
and the opportunity. Thanks so much!


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Give Us Clean Hands. . .

Just wanted to share one of my favorite songs with everyone. This song brings tears to my eyes every time I listen to it. It is so amazing, uplifting, and spirit filled. I know it will bless you as it has blessed me. Thank You Jesus!

Chris Tomlin ~ Give Us Clean Hands



Romans 14:11
For it is written:
“ As I live, says the LORD, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.”

Psalm 95:6
Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.

Luke 2:26
And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

Psalm 34:14

Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.

1 John 5:21
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

Psalm 24:4
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully.

Psalm 51:10
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wordless Wednesday ~ P.S. I Love You



So I ended up going with this photo for the dedication page of the free book I won from Inscribe-It.com. I hope my son enjoys seeing his very own picture inside his very own book. I will not know until Christmas because that is what I am saving it for. : )

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

5 Minutes for Mom's 10 Days of Disney Video Tour ~ Enter to Win!

For the next 10 days come along and celebrate the Magic of Disney with Janice & Susan from 5 Minutes for Mom as they host their 10 Chances to Win in our 10 Days of Disney Video Tour!

That's right! Over the next 10 days Janice & Susan will be releasing 10 wonderful videos (one per day) from there recent trip to Disney. Not only will you be able to share in the magic with Janice, Susan and their family's, but one individual from each post is going to win one of TEN magical gift bags, each worth over $200. So make sure you hop on over to 5 Minutes for Mom over the next 10 days to enter. You may just win a little Disney Magic to bring straight to your home. (Winners will be announced on September 26th at 5M4M)

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Propel Proclamation Sweepstakes ~ Win $5,000

Enter for your chance to win $5,000 in the Propel Proclamation Sweepstakes.
Here is my latest entry: I cleaned and reorganized the kitchen cabinets. #win5000

You can enter once a day. And if you refer your friends, by email or through a badge (like mine below), and they are selected as the first Weekly Prize winner or as the potential Grand Prize winner, then you will also win a prize. See official rules for more details. Ends November 17, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Entering is easy! Just click on my badge or the "View" link below. Thanks!

Make a Proclamation and be entered to win $5,000 to pursue your dream! Enter daily and bring friends to increase your chances of winning. There are weekly prizes too. No purchase necessary.

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Win an Ornament Collection for Your Tree This Year

How would you love to win a ornament collection, valued at $100, for your Christmas Tree this year. Well Teresa over at Teresa's Treasures just created a NEW Holiday blog named A Baby Changes Everything: Celebrating the Spirit of and Reason for Christmas. And right now, while in the process of unpacking 100 plus boxes of Christmas Decorations for her business, she has generously decided to give away an ornament collection (valued at $100) to one special person for their Christmas Tree.

Here are Teresa's Simple Rules to follow to be entered. . .

Send a new blogger to the holiday blog...one that has not visited it before and just let her know they stopped by...and you are entered....and for every person NEW that you send her way, your name goes in the drawing again and again...plus they are entered in the giveaway too. Drawing to be held this Sunday.

That's pretty much it. So head on over to A Baby Changes Everything: Celebrating the Spirit of and Reason for Christmas and check it out. And if you are a first time visitor to Teresa's site, make sure to leave her a comment letting her know that I sent you. I think you are going to enjoy what you see. Thanks a bunch! And God Bless!

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Keurig Elite B40 Brewer Giveaway!

Something hot is brewing over at Coffee with the Mrs.! And yes, it's a Keurig Elite B40 Brewer and 2 boxes of K-Cups!

Right now Coffee with the Mrs. is hosting an awesome giveaway, courtesy of Shoffee.com, for the Keurig Elite B40 Brewer (valued at $99.95), 2 boxes of K-Cups (winner’s choice), and some goodies from Shoffee.com. So head on over to Coffee with the Mrs. to enter. Giveaway ends October 4th at 11:59pm ET.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

REMINDER: Win a Wii a Day Starts Today!

Brunswick Bowling is going to be giving away a Wii a Day in September and October and you could be a winner! The earlier you register, the better your chance of winning.

Registration starts September 1, 2009. Click here for official rules.

Become a fan of the Brunswick Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bowlbrunswick and be among the very first to receive details on the start of the registration, winner announcements and more! It's the fun way to keep up with this exciting giveaway.

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Snag a Free Sample from Bear Naked

For a LIMITED TIME Bear Naked is giving away a FREE sample of their NEW 100% pure & natural cereals or grain-ola bars.
Snag it now while the getting is good!

This sweet offer is valid until 12/31/09 or while supplies last. You must be 18 or older to receive a sample. Limit one sample per family, household, address or email address. Samples contain approximately one serving size. Limited quantities available. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

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REMINDER: Back to School Blog Bash Starts Today!!

So the Summer is almost over and the kiddos will be heading back to school soon. What better way to celebrate than with a Back to School Blog Bash hosted by Kelli from 3 Boys & a Dog.

Beginning September 1st and running through September 30th, Kelli will be giving all of her blog readers, both NEW & OLD, a chance to win some fabulous prizes with 30 days of giveaways. Kelli has some really neat plans in place so make sure you mark your calendar for this awesome bash. You don't want to miss out on this one!

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Twitter Yourself to $100 from "I Am Mommy"

While I'd love to keep this little ol' secret all to my little ol' self, lol, I won't. Because I am sure all of you, as well as I, could certainly use an extra $100 in our pockets right now, correct. lol

Well, Amanda over at I Am Mommy is new to Twitter. And right now she is looking to not only learn a little bit more about twitter and to get comfortable with it, but she is also looking to add some new friends to her list of Twitter followers. So to do this she is offering up the chance, for 1 week ONLY, to win a $100 cash card just for following her. Now with me, I'd follow her anyway. But hey, who is going to pass up the chance to win $100, right. Not me.

So why not head on over to Amanda's blog and read up on her Twitter Yourself RICH! post and see how to enter. Not only will you have the chance to gain a wonderful Twitter & mommy blogger friend, but by the end of the week you could just be $100 richer. God Bless!

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Great Giveaways at The Mommy Factor

The Mommy Factor has some great giveaways going on right now. They all have a very low amount of comments. Why not head on over to check them out.

Gap Born to Fit Gift Card Giveaway Ends 8/31 (comments 48)
Smelly Washer Giveaway Ends 9/1 (comments 15)
e.l.f. Studio Mini Makeup Collection Giveaway End 9/1 (comments 17)
Satin Doll & Co. Earring Giveaway Ends 9/2 (comments 13)

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Wordless Wednesday ~ Straight from the Horses Mouth

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

New Balance 571 Giveaway

New Balance had offered to give LookWhatMomFound...and Dad too! readers the chance to win 1 of 3 pairs of kids size New Balance 571 sneakers. The 571's are available for boys or girls and come in preschool size (shoe size 10.5-3) and grade school size (3.5-7).

New Balance 571 Features:

  • N-FUSE® Midsole technology joins together foam of two different densities. The top foam is less dense for soft cushioning, while the denser bottom foam provides support and compression set resistance.
  • IMEVA (injection-molded EVA foam) midsole for firm yet flexible cushioning
  • Aggressive Lugged Outsole gives maximum traction for off-road activities
  • Synthetic/Mesh upper provides lightweight comfort and support
Stop by LookWhatMomFound...and Dad too! and check out the review and giveaway! And while you're there take a look around, they have some other great giveaways going on as well.

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Don't Forget! There's a Big Birthday Party Celebration Happening Tomorrow!

That's right, Lucas turned TWO on Sunday, August 16th! So in celebration of his birthday his mom, Piera from Jolly Mom, and one of her closest friends, Felicia from Go Graham Go, will be celebrating this wonderful occasion with tons of the coolest toys and gifts for kids. And yes, ALL OF YOU are invited to come along and celebrate! So make sure you make a mental note because lots of fun and prizes await your arrival.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

5 Minutes for Mom "Back to School Giveaway"

Here is another "Back to School" Event you don't want to miss. Starting today, August 14th, 5 Minutes for Mom will be hosting a huge "Back to School Giveaway" Event. Win prizes, find shopping ideas and get in the mood for fall. There is something for everyone.

This event is scheduled to end on Friday, August 28th with winners being announced on Saturday, August 29th. So make sure you get your "Back to School Giveaway" Button and check back at 5 Minutes for Mom daily for the list of giveaways to enter. Have fun!!

I'm going to try to keep up with the links to the giveaways.
Here's a start:


Also, if you are looking for some new books for your children, or just want to update their library materials, 5 Minutes for Books is also hosting a wonderful "Back to School Giveaway" Event as well. This giveaway event runs from August 12th to August 26th with winners being announced on August 31st. Not only will there be books given away but also some other cool prizes as well. So make sure you stop by 5 Minutes for Books to check out the daily giveaway. You don't want to miss out on some wonderful prizes for you and your family.

I will also do my best to keep a running list for these giveaways. Here goes:

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Win a Wii a Day from Brunswick Bowling!

Brunswick Bowling is going to be giving away a Wii a Day in September and October and you could be a winner! The earlier you register, the better your chance of winning.

Registration starts September 1, 2009. Click here for official rules.

Become a fan of the Brunswick Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bowlbrunswick and be among the very first to receive details on the start of the registration, winner announcements and more! It's the fun way to keep up with this exciting giveaway.

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Crayola Creativy Pack Giveaways

I've compiled a list of the mommy blogs that I have come across (there may be more) that are getting ready to wrap up with their final Crayola Creativity Pack Giveaways. Make sure you visit each one to enter. And note, they all have different end dates so you might not want to wait too long before entering. The Crayola Creativity Pack prize is wonderful. Don't miss out.

Blessings Abound
Mom of 2 Boys, Wife of 1
The Mommy Files
The Neat Things in Life
Mommy Snacks
J. Leigh Designz
Daily Essentials & Deals
3 Boys & a Dog
From Dates to Diapers
and Twins Make 5!

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Someone is Celebrating with a Birthday Blog Party!

That's right, Lucas is turning TWO on Sunday, August 16th! So in celebration of his birthday his mom, Piera from Jolly Mom, and one of her closest friends, Felicia from Go Graham Go, will be celebrating this wonderful occasion with tons of the coolest toys and gifts for kids. And yes, ALL OF YOU are invited to come along and celebrate! So make sure you make a mental note because lots of fun and prizes await your arrival.

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Wordless Wednesday ~ Going Solo 2

This is my nephew Jacoby. He's 7 months old. He's the Christmas baby of the family.
As you can see here, he loves his Solo cup. Anything to keep him busy for the moment.

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Favorite Photos ~ Blog Hop

My nephew's toes. lol

This is my son when he was little. He loved being silly then and still does now.

My nephew Max at age 1.

My son at 4 1/2. I actually did some work with this photo.
He was sitting at a picnic table with a group of other kids at a birthday party.
I loved the look so I worked with it.

I really enjoy the art of photography as you can see.
Hope you enjoy my photos. God Bless!


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Monday, August 10, 2009

#SibuBeauty SiteWarming Twitter Party This Friday!

Mark your calenders for this upcoming Friday, August 14th, for a night out with Amy from ResourcefulMommy as she hosts a wonderful invigorating SiteWarming Twitter Party with Sibu, Sibu Beauty. The party is set to begin at 9 p.m. EST (hashtag #sibubeauty) with two special guest panelists:

@butterflydiary, Charu Suri - Charu is the founder and editor-in-chief of Butterfly Diary, a site that tells you which beauty products work and which don't - with a social butterfly twist!

@Sibu_Beauty, Pete McMullin - As one of the founding members of Sibu Beauty, Pete will be on hand to answer any product questions guests may have.

Plus there are also some pretty cool prizes to be won. . .

Grand Prize:
Complete Sibu Beauty line with a $100 American Express card to create your own in home spa experience.

Scavenger Hunt Door Prizes:
-1 Complete Sibu Beauty line
-3 Inside Beauty packages
-2 Outside Beauty packages

So make sure you RSVP at ResourcefulMommy for this SiteWarming. This is a party you don't want to miss!

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Back to School Blog Bash 2009!

So the Summer is almost over and the kiddos will be heading back to school soon. What better way to celebrate than with a Back to School Blog Bash hosted by Kelli from 3 Boys & a Dog.

Beginning September 1st and running through September 30th, Kelli will be giving all of her blog readers, both NEW & OLD, a chance to win some fabulous prizes with 30 days of giveaways. Kelli has some really neat plans in place so make sure you mark your calendar for this awesome bash. You don't want to miss out on this one!

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Lands' End Ultimate Back-to-School Twitter Party!

Who doesn't love a great Twitter Party! Hanging out with friends, lots of questions & answers, ideas & information, and of course prizes. Well here's a Twitter Party you don't want to miss.

On Thursday, August 20th starting at 7:00 p.m. CST, Lands' End hosts will be making themselves available to answer your back-to-school shopping questions. And along with answering questions, this party will also feature more than 20 product giveaways from co-hosts, 5minutesformom.com. So mark your calendars and get your party hats ready for an evening full of shopping tips, socializing and great giveaways!

Date: Thursday, August 20th
Time: 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. CST
Location: #landsend

If you don't have a Twitter account, it's easy to get one. Just stop by Twitter.com and register. See you at the party!


My son and I created this very cool Fantasy Backpack with the Lands' End Packland Fantasy Backpack Creator. Gather up the kids and you can make one too.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

My Photo Got Picked as a Daily Winner in the Solo's "Share Your Solo Photos" Contest

Yippie!!! My Wordless Wednesday~ Going Solo photo that I entered into the "Share Your Solo Photos" Contest is one of today's daily contest winners. If you'd like to check it out here's the link. . . http://www.solocups4ever.com/gallery/winners/2009-08-05.

I highly suggest, if you get a moment, that you go out and get some Solo Squared cups and take a few photos to enter. The Grand Prize is $5,000 and there are also 2 Runner-up prizes of $1,000. Plus, daily winners and weekly winners as well. If you'd like to know more you can either visit my Solo contest post or www.solocups4ever.com. Don't miss out on this one.

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Wordless Wednesday ~ Going Solo


This is my first time participating in Wordless Wednesday. Hope I am doing it right. This is my 2-year-old nephew Max playing in the little pool with his Solo Squared Cup. This is one of my entries in the "Share Your Solo Photos" Contest.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Barnes & Noble $50 Gift Card Giveaway

Looking to expand or just update your home or office library collection? Or how about your child's library collection? Well Shauna from Trying to Stay Calm has the perfect giveaway for you. A Barnes & Noble $50 Gift Card.

What better way to enhance your intellectual side than by reading a good book. Or to inspire your child's love for reading than with an adventure to another place or time. I don't know what it is but, I just love books!

If you would like a chance to win this awesome prize, visit Shauna's Barnes & Noble $50 Gift Card Giveaway... before August 11th to enter. And while you're there make sure you take a moment to check out Shauna's other great Book Giveaways.

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PUR "Flavor Options" Water Filtration Pitcher Giveaway

Anyone interested in switching from tap or bottled water to the PUR "Flavor Options" Water Filtration Pitcher. I know I am that's for sure. Well if you are then head on over to Trying to Stay Calm and enter Shauna's Pur Flavor Pitcher Review & Giveaway. She's giving away one of these cool PUR "Flavor Options" Water Filtration Pitcher's to TWO of her wonderful readers. This giveaway ends on August 11th so head on over soon. And while you're there check out some of the other awesome giveaways she has to offer.

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May the Lord Edify & Lift You Up Today ~ Blog Hop

There may be a few different versions of this wonderful poem but it all comes down to the same thing. That if we believe, trust and have faith in the Lord, no matter what our circumstances, He will always be there with us to help us get through anything.

Sometimes I myself as a Christian tend to forget that I not alone or act as if I am alone, when in all actuality I am NEVER alone. The Lord is always there by my side helping to guide me through my life and picking me up when I fall. And this poem serves as a great reminder of just that. That we never have to walk alone. Thank you Jesus!

May the Lord Bless you daily in your walk. And if you don't know Him yet, get to know Him. He would love to have a personal relationship with you. God Bless!

Footprints

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed He was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from His life. For each scene He noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. One belonging to Him and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of His life flashed before Him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of His life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of His life.

This really bothered Him and He questioned the LORD about it. LORD you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.

The LORD replied, my precious, precious child, I Love you and I would never leave you! During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.


Carolyn Carty, 1963



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Free Food from Schwan's

If you have yet to place your order for your FREE $10 worth of food from Schwan's, you better do it now while the getting is good. The offer is only good for the first 500,000 people. And I have a feeling it's going to go quick.

To qualify for this promotion you must be a new residential/household customer that has not ordered anything from Schwan's Home Service, Inc. within the past 14 weeks. You must also be located in an existing route of Schwan's Home Service. If you fit these qualifications then visit Schwan's* for your $10 in FREE FOOD. Offer ends 9/30/09 but I doubt it very much if it will last that long.

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Sid the Science Kid & Dive Olly Dive DVD Giveaway

Angie at 5 Vinez Monkeys is having a great DVD giveaway sponsored by PBS Kids. You can win 2 Brand New Sid the Science Kid DVDs and a New Dive Olly Dive DVD! Stop by before 11:59pm ET on August 17th and enter to win!

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Zuvo Water Purator Giveaway

Tired of drinking plain old nasty tap water? Or how about all that money you spend on bottled water or those gallons of "Natural" Spring Water? Or how about just the thought of 65 million empty plastic water bottles ending up in our landfills per year? I know I am part of the guilty party! And it needs to end. And it can with the Zuvo Water Purator.

The Zuvo Water Purator is a healthy and chemical free way for you and your family to consume water. No more waste from all those empty water bottles. Or the yucky taste and chemicals you get floating within your tap water.

The Zuvo Water Purtor uses a 5-Step Process using nature's own cleaning process to give you and your family great tasting water.

Step 1: Ozonation
Step 2: Ultraviolet Light
Step 3: Photo-Oxidation
Step 4: Filtration with Lead Removal
Step 5: Post-Filtration UV

And the Zuvo Water Purator™ is smartly-designed. It fits in any kitchen... either above the counter or under the counter giving you easy access to clean, healthy, great tasting water for your whole family. The Zuvo Water Purator is not only better for your health, but also better for your wallet, and the planet.

And right now if you visit SheBlogs.org you can enter to win 1 of 5 Zuvo Water Purator's in the Zuvo Water Giveaway! So get over there now and enter to win. Take a step in the right direction. You'll be happy you did.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Win $5,000 in the "Share Your Solo Photos" Contest in Celebration of the New Solo Squared™ Cup

Right now the Solo Cup Company is giving you a chance to win the grand prize of $5,000 in their "Share Your Solo Photos" Contest. The photo contest is in celebration of their new Solo Squared™ cup!

To enter, register at www.SolorCups4Ever.com and upload your favorite photo featuring a Solo Squared™ cup. You have until August 14th to enter. Winners will be announced on August 21, 2009.

And in addition to this phenomenal grand prize, there will also be two $1,000 runner-up prizes awarded at the end of the contest. And just by entering, you'll also have the chance to win daily and weekly prizes of $100 gift cards or free Solo Squared cups. So get out those cameras and fill up those Solo Squared cups. It's time for a celebration! Your photo could just be that $5,000 grand prize winner.

To help you get started, here's a .75 off coupon from Solo.

I'd also like to give a shout out to
Mom Select for both the information
and the opportunity. Thanks so much!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

My Johnsonville's "Create Your Own _VILLE" Needs Your Vote


Hey everyone. I just wanted to let you know that I entered the Johnsonville's "Create Your Own _VILLE" Contest. If you wouldn't mind visiting Johnsonvilles's Create Your Own _Ville to vote for my entry I would be ever so grateful. Any vote would be a blessing to me. This contest has over $23,000 in grilling prizes. And the Grand Prize winner gets $10,000 in CASH and prizes. And their ____VILLE may even become the next Johnsonville advertisement. How cool would that be! The contest ends July 31, 2009 so if you'd like to vote then you need to get your votes in soon. Thanks so much!!

A little bit about my photo choice above. This photo was taken about 3 years ago over Memorial Day weekend. We were all hanging out around the fire pit making smores and my nephew, who was 12 at the time, decided to be silly. He knew I had my camera so he pretended he was sticking his head in the fire. Boys. lol. Well the result of the photo is what you see above. The things that a camera can do. lol.

Thanks again for taking the time out to vote. I really do appreciate it. God Bless!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Rainforest Cafe was Closed!!

They closed the Rainforest Cafe in the mall closest to me. I am soooooooooo bummed! Yesterday, I went to take my 7-year-old out for a day at the mall. Our trip was to include lunch at the Rainforest Cafe then off to build our very own friend at Build-a-Bear. Well, when I got to the mall, this mall is huge, I parked my car in the parking garage and entered through the entrance that I always enter through. And too my surprise there was no more Rainforest Cafe.

Now this mall has been going through some serious renovations. New wings, new stores & restaurants, larger parking garage including valet parking. So as I walked through the hall I just figured that maybe for some reason I was confused. Maybe on the wrong floor. Or maybe the Rainforest Cafe was down the hall a bit more. Wishful thinking. It was gone. My son and I even looked for it on the mall directory that stood right there where the Rainforest Cafe use to be. It wasn't listed. It was gone. I just couldn't believe it. This fun place to bring the kids to eat was gone. No more giant snakes, crazy monkeys, moving elephants, and lightning storms. I felt a piece of my inner child wither to the ground. There isn't another Rainforest Cafe even remotely nearby. This one was main access to a lot of folks in the surrounding area. Why, would they close? Well, I got my answer.

After lunch, in the mall food court. Ugh! My son and I headed off to Build-a-Bear. I love that store. We do not go too often but when we do we have so much fun. Anyhoot, while there I asked one of their employees if he knew why the Rainforest Cafe had closed. Well, what I basically found out was that since the renovation they had placed some seriously up-scaled stores down in that end of the mall with hopes to bring in some serious business. Mind you that this end of the mall was basically all new. I think they literally extended the back side of the mall to create more selling space. Anyhow, the mall owners figured up-scale stores, high priced items, equals higher rent. Well, that wasn't good for the Rainforest Cafe because even though they were not a up-scaled restaurant, there location just happened to fall within this new high-end wing. Therefore their rent got raised and they unfortunately where forced to close. So no more Rainforest Cafe.

Well based on what I have been told I hear the mall owners are now eating (no pun intended) their poor choice. This Rainforest Cafe was not only a hot spot but because of its uniqueness it brought in a lot of business from much of the surrounding area. After all, it was the only one located within a pretty decent distance for many people. And while the food at this Rainforest Cafe had its up and its downs, and was a little pricey, it was not near as pricey as these up-scaled stores. With the economy today, who has money to spend $1000 on a purse or $3000 for a jacket. I don't know. Not me. But this of course doesn't change the fact that I am still bummed. Good bye Rainforest Cafe. I hold many memories in my heart.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

A Favorite in My Home ~ Blog Hop

I know . . . I am sooooooo bad. lol. This is a recipe that I came up with last year when my son and I entered the Cookie Contest for his Cub Scout's Christmas Party. And yes, they were soooooooo good that we actually won. lol. Hope you like them too!

Double Chocolate Chip Mint Cookies

Description:
If you like chocolate and candy canes then these cookies will be a delight to bring to your dessert table this Christmas Season. Eat them warm, right out of the oven, or with a tall glass of milk or hot cocoa and you will definitely be going back for more.

Ingredients
:
3 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
1/2 cup of cocoa powder
4 oz. peppermint candy cane, ground into a powder
4 oz. peppermint candy cane, crushed (Save 2 oz. to sprinkle on cookies)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12-oz. pkg) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

How to Make:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Start off by grinding the first 4 oz. of peppermint candy cane into a fine powder using a coffee grinder. Then take the other 4 oz. of peppermint candy cane and crush into little pieces using a food chopper/processor. Set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, candy cane powder, 2 oz. of the crushed candy cane, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

4. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract until creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, making sure to beat well after each egg. Then gradually add in the dry ingredient mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips.

5. Place 1 tablespoon of mixture into rows onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 4 minutes then sprinkle a bit of the extra crushed candy cane on top of each cookie and bake for another 5 to 7 minutes or until done. Remove cookie sheet from oven and let cookies cool for at least 2 minutes then place them onto a cooling rack and let cool.

    Come join in on the fun!!
    You don't know what you're missing!!!


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    Saturday, July 18, 2009

    KRAFT Bagel-fuls TASTE-a-monial!! Yum!!

    Need something quick and easy for breakfast in the morning? Or how about something for a quick snack in between meals or later in the evening? Or maybe just something for those days when you just don't have enough time and you're running out the door? Then I highly suggest you try KRAFT Bagel-fuls. I did, thanks to 5 Minutes for Mom & KRAFT Bagel-fuls "Share Your Bagel-fuls TASTE-a-monials" contest. And what a treat it was.

    Not only are KRAFT Bagel-fuls quick and easy to make but they are also sooooooo delicious. All that warm gooey Cream Cheese or Fruit & Cream Cheese wrapped within an airy toasty bagel. Good enough to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Oh Yum!

    And Kraft Bagel-fuls come in a variety of flavors to satisfy any taste:

    • Original (plain bagel with plain cream cheese)
    • Cinnamon (cinnamon and brown sugar bagel with cinnamon cream cheese)
    • Strawberry (plain bagel with strawberry cream cheese)
    • Whole Grain (whole grain bagel with plain cream cheese)
    • Chive (plain bagel with chive cream cheese)
    • Blueberry (blueberry bagel with cream cheese)
    • Strawberry & Cream Cheese (plain bagel with strawberry filling & plain cream cheese)
    • Apple Cinnamon & Cream Cheese (cinnamon & brown sugar bagel with apple filling & plain cream cheese)
    • Cherry & Cream Cheese (plain bagel with cherry filling & plain cream cheese)
    My fave just happens to be the Cherry & Cream Cheese. It's my 7-year old's favorite as well. But I also love the Strawberry, Strawberry & Cream Cheese, and the Chive too. Truly LOVE at first bite! So if you have a moment later on in the day, I highly recommend that you stop by your nearest market and pick-up a box or two. You won't regret it.

    For more product information & a $1 off coupon, visit KRAFT Bagel-fuls. And if you get a moment, also stop by 5 Minutes for Mom to check what other moms (and dads) are saying about KRAFT Bagel-fuls in their TASTE-a-monials. Enjoy!!

    Thank you 5 Minutes for Mom & Kraft Foods for giving me the opportunity to be part of this wonderful TASTE-a-monials contest. It was certainly both a blessing and a pleasure indeed.

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    Monday, July 13, 2009

    MckLinky Blog Hop ~ 3 Things You Did Not Know About Me ~ July 14, 2009

    1. I use to work in the Print Shop as a co-op job aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2). I worked aboard on 3 different occasions. For my first excursion I actually had to learn how to run a 2-color press because at the time that was the only position available. And since this was an opportunity of a lifetime, I wasn't passing it up. For my second excursion, I worked as a Desktop Publisher. Simple. And for my third and final excursion, I worked as the Chief Printer to help cover for a friend who became seriously ill (his lung collapsed) and needed to take leave.

    2. I was working on board the QE2 when it ran aground back in 1992 off the coast of Nantucket. What an awesome experience that was. . . at least for the crew. I wouldn't say the same for the passengers. lol But all in all, I got to travel to many parts of the world and meet so many people. I went to a wedding in Hawaii, held a Koala and fed the Kangeroo in Australia. I watched the 4th of July Fireworks from the front deck of the ship as they went off by the Statue of Liberty in New York City. I've been to a Lamb Roast in New Zealand, and spent 2-weeks for refit in Hamburg, Germany. And there was so much more. What an amazing experience it was.

    3. I was an Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority sister in college. I was just thinking back to the days of pledging. lol. Talk about memories.
    Thanks everyone for giving me a chance to hop. Have a blessed day.


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    Sunday, July 12, 2009

    Happy Birthday!!!

    Sending out a Double Birthday Wish to two cuties this month.
    My Nephew Daniel & Little Miss Emma.


    Dear Daniel,
    Wow! Today you are turning 5-years-old. The third child, middle boy, in a family of 5 boys. Not only a little brother but a big brother as well. You're not a little guy anymore. You've gotten so big as I've watched you grow over the years. Big in heart and big in spirit. Learning so much about so much and having so much fun while do so. Your love for the Lord amazes me every day. And your excitement even for the littlest of things always brings a joy to my heart and a smile to my face. You are so loved and I'm so glad to be your Auntie. I wish you the happiest of birthdays ever.


    Dearest Little Miss Emma,
    I remember seeing you in the hospital for the first time. Born 5 weeks early and so small. Now look at you. You're turning 4-years-old. Such a big girl now and a wonderful big sister and friend. I see the Lord shining through you with every smile and every giggle. You are a light that warms my heart. So precious and most beautiful from the inside out. You are also so loved and I'm glad to be called your Auntie. I wish you the sweetest of birthdays ever Little Miss Emma. Sweeter than the frosting on your own birthday cake.

    May the Lord Bless you both on your newest of adventures and journey through life. May He keep you safe and well. And may His love shine through you both always.

    Love you so much,
    Auntie

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    Thursday, July 9, 2009

    Today's List of Freebies & Samples

    Wal-Mart Samples

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    Wednesday, July 8, 2009

    Take the 2009 Summer Activities Challenge & Win!!

    With School being out for only a few weeks now, are your kids already complaining that they having nothing to do. Well it's not too late to sign your them up for the 2009 Summer Activities Challenge hosted by Education.com.

    The basis of the challenge is to help keep our kids excited about learning over the summer, and to help keep us parents involved with our kids' education during summer break. To complete the challenge, all you need to do is Sign Up and complete 20 different Education.com Activities.

    With this challenge comes tons and tons of really cool activities for you and your children to do from topics like Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts & Crafts, Literature, Test Prep, Outdoor and more. And all activities can be narrowed down by grade level starting from Kindergarten, all the way to High School. Activities like making Sand Dough, Firework Science, Hula Hoop Times Tables, and Geometry Scavenger Hunt. Who knew learning could be so much fun!!

    And everyone who completes the challenge will receive a personalized certificate of completion and be entered to win a Dell Latitude 2100 Netbook computer or one of 100 Lego Creator Sets.

    So take a minute to sign up your family and have some learning fun with your kids this summer! I did.

    For contest rules, visit 2009 Summer Activities Challenge Contest Rules. And remember, while the contest may end on August 31, 2009, your child's learning will never end. Now that's a win win situation. Take the challenge and win!!

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    Sunday, July 5, 2009

    A Call Out for Prayer for 5-Year Old Kate McRae

    On behalf of the McRae family, whom I have never met but have been so inspired, I am creating this post with the hope that everyone who reads it will join in and pray for little 5-year old Kate McRae.

    The McRae family are an inspiration to me. A family with such amazing love and faith in the Lord. My heart has been so touched by this family. It was just last week that Kate's mom was told that Kate had a massive tumor on the basil ganglia portion of her brain. That's when this family's journey began.



    So with the utmost faith and strength in the Lord, Kate's family are calling upon all people of God everywhere to join them in prayer for their little girl. To pray for a complete healing for little Kate and that their little girl and her story would be a testimony of God's Glory for all the world to see.

    To read more about Kate's Story please visit Kate's Journal at Caringbridge.org. You can also follow Kate's
    Story on Twitter. God Bless.

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