October 1 Giveaway Linky List & Enter #win #giveaways #sweepstakes

List your giveaways here every Saturday at 12am EST! This linky is scheduled each week so you can list your giveaways and so that you can enter them if you wish! Enjoy the list!

Please include the end date of the giveaway when linking up.

For newbies you should enter details something like this:

Blog Name, Giveaway Item (end date)

Copy exact URL or tracking URL such as Bit.ly link & put in the URL area.

My Current Giveaways:

***Chicken Soup for the Soul: Country Music Ends 11:59pm EST October 2nd

***Gemmy Firefly Ends 11:59pm EST October 4th

***VTech Chuggington Laptop Ends 11:59pm EST October 5th

Here is where you list your giveaways ….

CLOSED Nominate Your Teacher to Win $50 to OfficeMax for National Cause

This year I am participating in A Day Made Better as one of the Office Max Moms as I did last year and am excited to be offering a teacher giveaway again!

 On behalf of the “A Day Made Better” cause for teachers, you can nominate your favorite teacher to win a gift card to OfficeMax for school supplies!

Teachers are really incredible! They touch so many lives every day and open the doors to opportunity in every way, shape and form. I’ve gotten to know my kids’ teachers over the past few years and have seen first hand their incredible contributions.

With school budgets cuts, teachers are taking matters into their own hands by purchasing their own classroom materials. According to the National Education Association, teachers are spending about $1,000 each year on supplies for their class, which is pretty astonishing. Can you imagine if your job asked you to bring your own tape, scissors, and paper? There would be a backlash, but somehow, teachers have silently picked up the tab…until now.

That’s why I’ve joined the Max Moms for Teachers program to help create awareness and give back to teachers. The Max Moms are working in collaboration with the national “A Day Made Better” cause founded by OfficeMax and nonprofit Adopt-A-Classroom to help erase teacher-funded classrooms. Annually in October, they host a national event that recognizes and rewards over 1,000 teachers with a total of $1 million in school supplies to help alleviate the financial burden and thank them for their hard work.

You too can join in this cause and give back to a deserving teacher by nominating your favorite teacher to receive a $50 gift card for school supplies donated by OfficeMax. You’ll also receive an A Day Made Better cause box, and we encourage you to purchase supplies for your favorite teacher and surprise him or her in her classroom.


  • For a chance to enter and win, please post a comment below that describe why the teacher you’d like to nominate is 1) Passionate; 2) Dedicated and 3) Innovative.
  • As an additional entry, you can visit ‘A Day Made Better’ on Facebook and post a comment about why you believe teachers deserve our support.

I can’t wait to hear your nominations!

Terms & Disclosure: No purchase necessary to be eligible for a chance to enter or win.  Ends at 11:59pm EST on October 7th, 2011. The winner will be selected randomly through http://random.org. The gift card was provided by OfficeMax as part of its cause for teachers. The views written here are my opinion.

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Lack of Hearing, Arguments and the Joys of Parenting

My daughter is the brightest, sweetest little girl in all of the world. I love this child of mine as much as I love my boys but let me tell you what, even though she is among one of the teachers favorite students and is always willing to lend a hand to help, she is a pain in my bum sometimes.


Miss Ki will be 9 years old in October and as she grows I realize more and more how much we butt heads being “take control” kind of people. We both have that need to mother and need to organize personality which makes parenting difficult. We don’t fight much, we actually get along really well, however, she has certainly started to show a lack of hearing, a love for arguing with anyone and the need for the last word.  All of which creates tension in the household.

I know Ki can hear me when I speak and I know she understands what I am asking her to do yet it seems that no matter what it is I ask she doesn’t do it. What my daughter does do are awesome things; for example, while I am downstairs getting my sons to sleep she may be upstairs taking care of dishes just for fun or to help me out. The girl is a sweetheart … when she wants to be.

The other day for soccer I asked her THREE times to come out and get her cleats on did she do it? No and when did she realize that she had no cleats on? Yup you got that right, when she was out on the soccer field getting ready to join her team. I had to pack up her brothers and her because she can’t practice soccer in flip flops so we could go get her cleats that I clearly asked her to get into three times before we left the house.

What was Ki’s response to this situation? You never asked me to get my cleats on! Then it started to become  a back n forth argument when I realized I am arguing with my almost 9 year old daughter. I stopped, looked at her and told her I don’t care what you want to use as an excuse for not having put your cleats on, but I did clearly tell you numerous times to get your cleats on for soccer and I am not going to argue about it. We have them now, go practice.

What baffles me is this girl is simply the best daughter ever, I love her to pieces yet lately it seems she just doesn’t listen and argues way too much.  Then when she gets punished, such as losing a special privilege she cries like I just took away her bed or something and will now be making her sleep outside on the lawn. I mean, seriously, I don’t understand this new found parenting situation.

AJ is starting in with the last word thing too, so I need to nip this in the butt real quick because I refuse to have three children coming at me from all directions verbally.

I catch myself arguing back with my kids all of the time, not just Ki. Is it normal for you to catch yourself doing that too? How do you gain control once you realize you have lost control through bickering with your child?


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{New Book} Claim of Innocence by Laura Caldwell

Critically Acclaimed Author Laura Caldwell




September 2011

Forbidden relationships are the most tempting. And the most dangerous.


CLAIM OF INNOCENCE is the latest novel from critically acclaimed author Laura Caldwell.

It was a crime of passion—or so the police say. Valerie Solara has been charged with poisoning her best friend. The prosecution claims she’s always been secretly attracted to

Amanda’s husband…and with Amanda gone, she planned to make her move.

Attorney Izzy McNeil left the legal world a year ago, but a friend’s request pulls her into the murder trial. Izzy knows how passion can turn your life upside down. She thought she had it once with her ex-fiancé, Sam. Now she wonders if that’s all she has in common with her criminally gorgeous younger boyfriend, Theo.

It’s Izzy’s job to present the facts that will exonerate her client—whether or not she’s innocent. But when she suspects Valerie is hiding something, she begins investigating—and uncovers a web of secret passions and dark motives, where seemingly innocent relationships can prove poisonous….



$7.99 U.S./$8.99 CAN.

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AdventureBots Animal Kingdom for iPad

The AventureBots have landed! Purchase this iPad app on iTunes for $1.99 and this is what you get…

Ever wonder about animals that live all over the world? With AdventureBots your children can start learning about animals who live in 9 regions of the world. This educational app will help your children find a love of animals from all over the world. There is a “parents bots” option that will allow the parents to play along with their children which will make this a famiy fun educational time!

Released on September 22, 2011 and rated for ages 4+.  Check out AdventuerBots on iTunes to learn more.

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