No More Pool Days? No More Tanning? Please Say It Isn’t So

Are the days of care free over? School has started and Summer is coming to an end, NH is getting cold at night to a point that heat must go on and days are getting shorter. Is it true that Winter is on it’s way and we will get a visit from Jack Frost before we know it? Please tell me this is a lie, that we will have just one more month of Summer weather, because I can’t imagine the days of eating fresh veggies directly from the garden being gone.

Is it really true that we won’t be mowing the lawn much longer?

And please don’t tell me that my pool days are already long over with…

No more sun tanning with dark tanning oil?????

Please oh please tell me that Summer isn’t almost over? Please tell me we will have some more random days of picking up orange newts outside…

I must admit, I am a New England girl by birth; born and raised. Lived in New Hampshire my whole gosh darn life, but every year when Summer is over and Fall approaches my mind instantly goes to the dreaded thought of that pretty snow that I refuse to go outside in. Well hey, one great thing about Summer being almost over? It will be Ki’s and my birthday soon!

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CLOSED My Pet Firefly Review & Giveaway #win #giveaway @GemmyUSA

My children we so excited when this box arrived and I said “ooo I know what’s in here. It’s our new pet”. Of course the kids are used to my silly antics but this time they were rather curious as to why a new pet was arriving in a cardboard box. I laughed and when I opened it up I had the blue version of this …

My kids were excited about this new “pet”, we had ourselves a new Gemmy Firefly pet. This has been a really neat toy to have around, although it’s not what I consider a toy. Glass jar with kids = no toy, but my kids have actually been really good playing with their pet firefly without a problem, yes even the three year old!

From the folks who brought BIG MOUTH BILLY BASS, FRANKIE THE FISH and BUTTERFLY COLLECTION to a waiting world, here’s the latest innovation from Gemmy that’s sure to light things up — MY PET FIREFLY — a fun-time lightning bug in a jar!

Using patented technology, this comically-styled firefly flits and flies around in realistic action whenever you tap the jar.  True to its name, MY PET FIREFLY also glows to create an eye-catching light effect that’s sure to delight kids and adults alike.

Available in Pink, Blue and Green.  Suggested retail is $14.99, and available at all Cracker Barrel (June) and Kmart (July) stores nationwide.

This really has been a great idea for kids, although I am an adult and love having it in my office.  Since I love this product so much I decided to get permission to giveaway one Gemmy Firefly to one lucky person who wins randomly by entering below!

ENTER TO WIN ONE GEMMY FIREFLY

Entering is pretty easy, as with all of my giveaways you can simply just leave one comment and/or complete all of the optional entry options listed below.

If you won this or win this on another blog – you can’t win here and the sponsor will let me know and have me randomly choose another winner.

Giveaway will end at 11:59pm EST on October 4, 2011 at 11:59pm EST

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Winners will have 72 hours to respond to my initial email or else another person will be chosen.

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Gerber® Graduates® Grabbers™ Squeezable Fruit and Fruit and Vegetable Pouches

My sons were able to try a new addition to their lunch and daytime snack routine with Gerber® Graduates® Grabbers™ Squeezable Fruit and Fruit and
Vegetable Pouches
! Take note, my son Aj rarely smiles for a picture and he totally was happy about this new snack idea that he smiled right away holding it up for me to take a pic!

Apparently Aj had seen kids in his class have snacks similar or the same as the Gerber® Graduates® Grabbers™ Squeezable Fruit and Fruit and
Vegetable Pouches this year in Kindergarten. I was excited to hear that he was familiar with the brand and at least the concept of healthy eating!

About Gerber® Graduates® Grabbers™ Squeezable Fruit and Fruit and Vegetable Pouches

  • Made with 100% natural fruit or fruit and vegetables
  • No artificial flavors or colors
  • Excellent source of antioxidant Vitamins C & E
  • 2 servings of fruit or fruit/vegetables per pouch {One serving is ¼ cup of fruit or fruit/vegetable for toddlers}

Made For Toddlers

  • Easy for toddlers to self feed
  • Encourage independent eating skills
  • Come in a re-sealable pouch
  • Pouch is easy to take on the go
  • Fun to eat

Five Flavor Combinations

  • Banana Blueberry
  • Apple, Pear & Peach
  • Apple & Sweet Potato with Cinnamon
  •  Pear & Squash
  • Apple, Mango & Strawberry

Baby K took a more serious approach, because he is the youngest of three and he knows he better eat that snack up or else someone else is going to get it from him.

I tried all sorts of flavors with the kids, because I received a good sample package. Aj enjoyed having the Gerber® Graduates® Grabbers™ Squeezable Fruit and Fruit and Vegetable Pouches as a special surprise inside of his lunchbox each day when he went to have his snack and lunch time at school. I took pride in knowing that my son was okay with me putting some healthy choices inside of his lunch box each day.

I certainly will be a Mom who buys Gerber® Graduates® Grabbers™ Squeezable Fruit and Fruit and Vegetable Pouches because after the stats I heard last week at an event in NYC, most kids get less than 10% off their servings of veggies and fruits daily, I realized just how little my kids really do get as I don’t eat the recommended amount for myself either. Thank goodness for Gerber for creating a fun, yet healthy & quick idea for snack time!

If you are looking for more information about Gerber please feel free to visit the Gerber website and connect with Gerber on Facebook.

Disclosure: My family received product samples for free. All opinions are truly that of my own.

 

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CLOSED Chicken Soup for the Soul Contry Music Giveaway

Today I am flat out excited to be sharing with you a new Chicken Soup for the Soul book; Chicken Soup for the Soul Country Music.  Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge country music fan. I love the lyrics, I love putting myself in the shoes of the person in the song and I cry listening to some songs by country music artists because it just touches me deeper than any other genre of music.

Ever wonder what the story is behind country songs like “I Hope You Dance” or maybe “The Thunder Rolls”? I have always wondered and now I have been able to read the inspirational stories behind these two songs and many other country music favorites.

When chosen to review for Chicken Soup for the Soul I was able to host a few giveaways and so I decided that I would host a giveaway for Chicken Soup for the Soul Country Music because it is one of my favorite Chicken Soup for the Soul books thus far, hopefully it can be yours too.

The Giveaway

One person from the US will be randomly chosen to win Chicken Soup for the Soul: Country Music: The Inspirational Stories behind 101 of Your Favorite Country Songs

Entering is pretty easy, as with all of my giveaways you can simply just leave one comment and/or complete all of the optional entry options listed below.

If you won this or win this on another blog – you can’t win here and the sponsor will let me know and have me randomly choose another winner.

Giveaway will end at 11:59pm EST on October 2, 2011

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Disclosure: I received this book for free.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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The Number Genious, K Monster & Miss Director

My daughter is beyond her years in intelligence and knows so much. This girl has great comprehension and so she reads books made for adults and has learned a ton of facts along the road. What does a big sister do with all of these random facts? Well of course she instills these facts into her brothers who just love playing school with sissy.

My son, Aj, the one in the grey Nike shirt is all about numbers. Ki has taught him multiplication, addition and now they are working on division. The boy is brilliant with numbers, just like me and just like his sister. Aj has a new favorite number and it is the number Pi which is something like 3.14….. I don’t know all of it but it’s a super long decimal from what my memory recalls.

K is all about animal facts. For instance at age three he knows the largest cat is the Lion, now I don’t know if this fact is true but don’t tell him that because he is convinced of it.  K is called the “K monster” which stuck last Halloween when he went as the K monster and growled & snarled at everyone instead of saying trick or treat. Which, was rather comical! He is a monkey by nature and a boy by birth.

Ki is all about direction, she enjoys being in charge and all too often enjoys it way more than I care for her to enjoy. She is constantly stepping on my toes so to speak trying to mother her brothers and me half of the time. Ki is happiest when she is teaching someone else something new, directing a “film” then having me record it with the Flip or doing similar tasks. Ki is a go getter and someone who is extremely compassionate and almost more aware of others feelings being hurt than her own feelings and emotional issues at times.

Me? Well I am quite clearly a mix of all three of my children wrapped into one person and I simply sit back, relax and enjoy the parenting ride before it’s too late and they are adults. Some day I know I will miss these moments.

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