Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
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Just make sure you come back here and leave me the links for your extra entries in separate comments. Contest ends Saturday November 14th at 12 midnight PST. I'm off to reclean my stove..."Frying Man" struck again and made hamburgers. Hello!?! Isn't that why we have an outdoor grill?!**Disclosure: I received free product from Ecostore USA in exchange for this review. Receipt of free product does not guarantee a postive review. My review is an honest and accurate assessment of my experience with Ecostore USA and their product.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
(Make you own drum roll sound effect here)
The winner of the Five For Fighting Autographed CD is...
It's number 1 - Johnson Team Mom! Whoo-hoo! Congrats!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
"If every album provides snapshots of where an artist’s mind at heart is at the moment, Slice, the latest offering from John Ondrasik (aka Five for Fighting), is a collection of digital jpegs and faded Polaroids. The album takes stories of friends, family and even American servicemen, and sets them to music shot through with the spirit of the great songs of his youth. It’s a diary, or a blog, in which Ondrasik speaks his mind about current issues, experiences and sentiments, while setting those thoughts to piano, bass and drums."
“We sat down at a coffee shop to talk about writing together,” says Ondrasik, “
I told him about my idea for ‘Slice,” and ‘American Pie’ actually came on the
radio. It was surreal. Stephen immediately wrote the first two lines on a
napkin, and we were off and running."
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Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Because I am a person who likes to do lots of research before I go somewhere, I usually scour the internet looking for info about my destination. So I was happy to learn that Disney has a new blog, the Disney Parks Blog! The Blog will be a source of information on Disney destinations that guests can rely on to learn about new attractions, new programs, and experiences that make a Disney vacation so magical. Cool! Great tool.
The other thing I was happy to learn about from Disney is that Disney has come out with another program that will allow so many families to take a vacation they might not be able to afford otherwise! It's called "Give a Day, Get A Disney Day." Yes -- a free ticket for doing volunteer service!
Disney hopes to inspire families across the country to volunteer in their communities with this special program. One million people who perform volunteer service for a participating organization will get a free one-day admission ticket to a Disneyland Resort or a Walt Disney World Resort theme park.
The program kicks off Jan. 1, but guests can learn more about the program and how to get their free one-day admission to a Walt Disney World or Disneyland theme park right now by visiting www.DisneyParks.com. Here's another link that will answer may of your questions about the program.
My family will definitely be checking the volunteer opportunity out! What a great way to teach kids about the importance of giving service and the law of the harvest..."You reap what you sow." So our goal is to sow good seeds with a great service project this year and hopefully we will reap the benefits of Disney's generosity. Thanks for the great program, Disney, hope to be there this summer!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Can you see the number? It's 5! That would be Bandana Mom!! Congratulations! hope this helps while you are babysitting!!
And thanks to Mom Select and Fisher Price Toys for sponsoring the giveaway!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
So last week we received a box from Fisher Price and my Little Man was running in circles around the box while I opened it, waiting to see what was inside. Here's what we found:
Another bonus? The TRIO Building components CANNOT clog up my vacuum. They're too big! YAY! But I think the best bonus was that my son really uses and enjoys them. He was able to be creative and use his hands to build things, which he loves doing. I loved the fact that for a week straight he stayed busy and wasn't driving me crazy with his excess energy. Here are a few of the things he built:
I can say without pause that TRIO Building Sets are definitely worth having. Anything that gets my kids out from in front of the TV and gets them to use their imagination is a good thing and TRIO has done a good job of giving Little Man a chance to be creative and develop his mind.
Wanna check TRIO Building Sets out? Fisher Price has a coupon good for $5 off your first purchase. Just click the link to get your coupon! The offer expires on October 1st, so don't wait too long.
Now the good news gets even better...Because they're good like that, Fisher-Price and Mom Select are giving away a TRIO Bulding Set to one of my readers! Leave a comment to win your own set and watch your kid build amazing things! Contest is open to US and Canada and ends September 20th at 12 midnight PST.
If you want extra entries you can:
- Twitter the contest
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- Post a Facebook Comment with a link to the giveaway
Monday, August 3, 2009
So I decided to take the plunge and use it on one of my worst loads of kids dirty, stinky clothes and really put it to the test. The first thinbg I noticed is that it is clear. No color. Maybe it's a mental thing, but that one thing alone made me feel better about using the detergent. Less additives.
There is a slight fragrance, but it is very light. Again, while I don't mind some things smelling nice and flowery after being washed, I don't need my boys getting funny looks cause they smell all perfumey! Plus my Little Man has sensitive skin and sometimes the additives in detergents irritate his skin. So again...very little scent was a good thing in my book.
I threw the load in with the measured amount of Sun detergent and let the washer and the saop do their thang. the load came out clean and fresh, except for a stain on one shirt that I neglected to pre-treat. The sweat? Gone. The dirt? Gone. The smell? Gone.
Since I had pre-treated everything else but the shirt, I decided to do a test load without pre-treating the stains. I tried the detergent on some of my husband's work clothes that tend to come home with grease spots and food from lunch, as well as HUGE sweat stains from working out in the sun all day. After running a load through a pre-soak, a heavy duty wash and an extra rinse, some of the food stains came our, but most of the grease spots remained. So I know when I use Sun Detergent that pre-treating the stains is necessary for the detergent to do it's job. But I have to pre-treat with other detergents too, so I am not suggesting this is a weakness directed only at Sun, it happens to be an issue I have with lots of detergents.
So, for the price, I am definitely going to be looking at Sun Detergent as an alternative to some of the more pricey stuff I have been using. It does a good job with basic laundry needs and I love the fact that it is free af some of the additives that other detergents contain. I am happy to report that I am no longer a detergent snob.
A big thanks to MomSelect and Sun Detergent for giving me the opportunity to test this product and for offering coupons for me to share with my readers. I usually hold contests to determine winners, but decided this time i would reward my loyalist readers with a free bottle of Sun Detergent, courtesy of SUn and MomSelect.
These Bloggers have been with me almost from the beginning of my blog and I think they deserve a reward for sticking around!
Stefany at Pikes Pickles
Miss Hope at Hope from the Edge
Stacy at Johnson Team Mom
Kristi at Kunz Family
Sports Mama at You Don't Have to Like Me
Thanks Ladies!!! You have added so much to my blogging experience! Enjoy the Sun Detergent!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
My son tends to struggle with his weight, at 9, and while I don't want to make a big deal of it, I am concerned. So I am very happy that he loves Fruit2Day and will choose it as a healthy snack over something with less nutrition. I'm planning on sending these to school with him as part of his lunch! The bottles will fit perfectly into his lunch box.
My husband has found them to be particularly important as part of his diet as he has recently found himself back out in the heat with a temporary job that demands a lot of him physically. (Honestly, I don't know how he does it and I am very grateful that he is willing to do whatever it takes to bring in money to pay our bills.)
Big Man likes the Strawberry Orange and Cherry Grape flavors. He takes them ice cold to work and says they go a long way in helping him cool off and re-energize himself about 10 am and again at about 1 pm when the temps here are hitting 113 degrees. Plus he doesn't find them heavy or filling to the point that he feels sluggish after drinking/eating them.
I like them as part of Big Man's lunch because they are easy to pack and don't require a lot of extra work on my part, although that sounds really selfish when I say it, seeing as how he is willing to work so hard in the heat all day. I love the ad with the machete comment. Have you TRIED to open a mango?! Freak!
Well, I took the time to figure out how to overcome my texture issue with Fruit2Day and
found that if I throw the fruit/juice in a blender with some ice, I get a nice smoothie that gives me a great boost at about 3 pm when my energy levels really take a dive.
I'm so glad we had the opportunity to try Fruit2Day. This is a product that we have been able to incorporate into our daily lives that really has aided us with changing our eating and snacking habits.
Wanna know where to find them in your neighborhood? Click here!
The good people at Fruit2Day want to give some of my lucky readers the chance to try Fruit2Day for themselves and are offering 2 more coupons for free samples of the product! Leave me a comment telling me which flavor you want to try! Contest will end on August 1st, 2009 at 12 midnight.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Fruit2Day is a unique beverage/snack. The website says it's not a juice, it's a snack. I would agree it is not a juice. It has more of a thinned out smoothie consistency with little chunks of fruit in it. It is all natural, with no sugar added and only has 110-120 calories per serving. And it contains 2 full servings of fruit! It comes in four flavors: Cherry Grape, Strawberry Orange, Pineapple Banana and Mango Peach. Packaged perfectly in a 6.5oz bottle, you can just grab it and go.
My samples arrived icy cold and my oldest son immediately grabbed the Mango Peach and started chugging/chewing. He gave it rave reviews. My youngest, who likes almost nothing, snagged the Pineapple Banana bottle and took one drink and declared it "gross." At least he was true to form. I tried the Strawberry Orange. Here's my honest review about it: while I loved the flavor combination, I had a hard time with the chunks of fruit mixed with the liquid. But I have texture issues when it comes to food, so the combination kind of threw me off. Seperately, the juice and the fruit were good. The fruit was not mushy, it was firm and crisp and sweet...not icky or sour. There were lots of chunks of strawberry, little bits of orange pulp, and many tiny pineapple pieces and the juice was a delicious mixture of several different all natural fruit juices mixed with banana puree, which would account for the consistency.
Later that evening my husband tried the Cherry Grape flavor and declared it "not bad." I noticed he finished his bottle quickly and asked me to pick some up for his lunch box, so I am assuming that "not bad" meant "pretty good."
I will definitely buy them again for a healthy snack for my son and husband, but in the spirit of being honest, I probably won't drink them myself. While I absolutely love the concept of this healthy drink/snack, I can't get over my texture issues enough to give Fruit2Day a place in my personal food routine. I am ecstatic that my son likes it though and am happy to keep it handy for him, as I would much rather have him drink/eat one of these than a handful of chips or a candy bar. Now if I can just get my little guy on board!
Wanna try Fruit2Day for yourself? Two (2) Lucky readers can win a coupon for a free 2-Pack of Fruit2Day! Just leave a comment telling me which flavor you think you might like! Contest is open to U.S. and Canadian Residents and ends at 12 midnight MST on July 10th. Win extra entries by Twittering this contest or mentioning the contest on your blog! Leave separate comments letting me know about your extra entries.
Purex Complete 3 in 1 Laundry Sheets are the newest thing to hit the laundry detergent market. The sheets contain detergent, fabric softener and anti-static all in one easy-to-use little cloth like sheet. The detergent is released during the wash cycle and the softener and anti-static are released in the warm dryer. Seriously? This product just might catch on!
When I received a pack of Purex Complete 3 in 1 Laundry Sheets last week, I was a bit skeptical about how well 1 sheet would clean my clothes. I have two boys and a husband who sweat hard and who roll around in the dirt all day. I demand a lot from my laundry detergent. One little sheet? I shook my head and threw it in one of my stinkiestt, dirtiest loads. I had my doubts, but remained hopeful, because if this stuff works? My WHOLE laundry routine just got a LOT easier!
An hour later, as I pulled clothes out of the washer and transferred them to the dryer I checked a few to see how they looked. They looked and smelled clean. We have really hard water where we live so fabric softener is a must and I am horrible at remembering to add it to the wash, so I was anxious to see how the clothes came out of the dryer. I am pleased to report that the sheets do exactly what Purex says they will do. My clothes came out of the dryer clean and soft and lightly scented.
Now, I still have to use a stain treatment on many items of clothing, which I do with any detergent I use, so know going in that Purex does not claim that these sheets will eliminate tough stains without pre-treatment of some kind.Also, the directions do state that you should use 2 sheets for really large loads.
All in all, I was really pleased with the sheets and am excited about the prospect of not lugging home big bottles or boxes of detergent every few weeks. Purex Complete 3 in 1 Laundry Sheets come 21 to a pack and run about $6.99 in the retail stores where I've seen them. Packages are available in three scents - Spring Oasis, Tropical Escape, and Pure & Clean. The laundry sheets are compatible with both front or top loading washers and are HE compatible. Considering that one pack of these sheets eliminates the need to purchase fabric softener and dryer sheets, it is really cost effective! I am excited to think that I have just streamlined one of my least favorite tasks.
Thanks Purex for your innovative addition to the laundry world, you have just made a lot of moms really happy and left us with a few more minutes on our hands...that's not an easy thing to do!
Wanna try the sheets for yourself? Win a pack by leaving a comment! Contest is open to U.S. residents only (sorry...shipping!) and will end at 12 midnight on Friday, July 10th. Earn extra entries by Twittering this contest or mentioning it on your blog! Make sure you let me know about the extra entry in a separate comment.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
* A new fireworks show, Magical, that will include a Dumbo puppet flying through the sky and Eden Espinoza (the star from Wicked) singing "Baby Mine" (all kinds of emotion in that show!). The way the music is choreographed to the bursts of color in the sky, our Fireworks shows become enchanting storytelling.
* New characters in the Fantasmic! show on Rivers of America, along with HD projection. HD also stands for Huge Dragon – he’s 40 feet tall and breathes fire! (Just scary enough to be frightfully fun).
* New floats and new lighting, along with enhanced musical effects for the popular favorite, Disney's Electrical Parade. The new lights are LED, too, so they’re more energy efficient and kind to the environment.
For Southern California residents, the Summer Fun Pass is a fabulous deal -- 3 days for $99. Yes, that's only $33 a day, between June 1-Aug. 23.
For travelers, we're offering 2 nights free when you buy three nights at a Disneyland Resort hotel, or a nearby Good Neighbor Hotel. The package includes park-hopper tickets for each day, as well. That's five days of fun for the price of three!
In case you missed it, we also opened a new street show this spring.
Celebrate! A Street Party is a dazzling street show featuring a cast of nearly 100 dancers, DJs and Disney characters inviting guests along the Disneyland parade route to celebrate with them as they perform music numbers in a lively presentation that allows some guests to show off their own dance moves in a conga line or twist party.
Details on summer deals:
Summer Fun Pass: Now through June 3, Southern California families (zip codes 90000-93599 in California, 21000-22999 in Baja California) will find the best value at Disneyland Resort by purchasing the “Southern California 2fer Ticket,” which enables guests to visit either Disneyland or Disney’s California Adventure one day, then come back on another day to play in the other park, for free! Information is available at http://www.disneyland.com/ or by calling (714) 781-7290.
2 Nights Free: For those planning a multi-day getaway at Disneyland Resort, there’s the “2 Nights Free” offer. Guests who purchase a three-night summer vacation package – three nights of hotel accommodations and three days of theme park admission – will receive two more nights at the hotel and two more days of theme park admission. That’s a total of five days and nights of Disneyland fun for the price of three. Details on these packages are available at http://www.disneyland.com/ or by calling (800) 854-3104.
Free on Your Birthday: These travel values are in addition to the first-of-its-kind “Free on Your Birthday” offer – one day’s free admission to a Disneyland Resort park with valid ID. Register for Free on Your Birthday at http://www.disneyparks.com/.
Friday, May 29, 2009
So far the only things that have made it throught the door are a lizard that he kept in an aquarium and our cat, Blackie Chan. He has BEGGED for a hamster and I have refused to allow one into my home, because I've had hamsters and I know how they smell!
Well, the good people at MomSelect and Cepia have solved one of my long standing pet issues and I have to say...I am grateful. Really, really grateful! Let me show you what we did last week:
(Couldn't get the party video to upload, but here's on of Little Man and the hamster with fresh batteries!)
Can I just say that Go Go Pets Hamsters are one of the best toys to come along since the hoola hoop and Furbies!?! No kidding!
We had a Go Go Pets Party and invited some friends over to try them out with us. Along with the hamsters, we also received a whole Hamster Playset so the kids could experience the hamsters in action. Word to the wise, some of the playset items take a bit of effort to put together. Not like backyard swingset effort, but a little bit of concentration and just a tiny bit of muscle. The playset is made of plastic and did not seem to be cheaply made. I was impressed by the fact that nothing broke on us after we had to take a few things apart after we put them together incorrectly.
The one negative comment I do have regarding the playset items is that the Adventure Ball kept coming apart. It is made of 2 halves that kind of just snap together, but it wasn't a tight fit and the kids got a little frustrated that it kept coming apart. I finally Super Glued it and it works fine now. But if I were spending money on it I would be a little miffed at having spent money on a toy that doesn't hold together well. Maybe mine was defective...don't know.
Anyway...everything else worked wonderfully and although the Hamsters don't go through the Playset as smoothly as the video on the GoGo Pets Website shows, they are still a lot of fun and the kids have had a blast playing with them. They can make over 40 little noises and Little Man takes his with him wherever he goes. The hamster chatter can get a little annoying after a while, but the hamsters shut down on their own after a short time, then there's a button on their back to start them up again.
There are 4 different colors of hamsters availble, each color has it's own name and personality. The Go Go Pets website has more information and some fun games that will help kids get to know their hamster better. The little accessories are fun, it is hilarious to see a hamster driving the little car around. All the kids at the party left with one and most of the parents were interested in picking up an accessory or two for their child. The Hamsters run about $7.99 each and you can pick one up, along with some of the Habitrail accessories at Walmart or Toys R Us.
What do I love most about Go Go Pets Hamsters? No food to buy, no cage to clean, no hamster poo to deal with. In fact, the sticker on the side of the box the toys came in says "Pets without Poop." It left the Fed-X guy who delivered the box scratching his head, so I had to explain the whole Smart Pet thing. He was pretty impressed. So am I. So are my kids and their friends. So are the friends' moms. That's alot of impressed and happy people! I think we have a winner here, folks!
Update: I received an email today from one of the engineers from Cepia, LLC - makers of Go Go Pets Hamsters. They addressed the Adventure Ball issue so that it doesn't come apart anymore and I will be testing the new design. I will post results after the test. But how great is it that they actually took the time to listen to consumers and fix the problem!? Also, I put fresh batteries in both our hamsters today and there was a WORLD of difference in how they performed on the Habitrail! They ran much faster and smoother through the Habitrail thing and my boys enjoyed them a lot more tonight.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Anyway...Check out this contest at 3 Kids and Us :
Steam clean your way to a greener life with the Steamboy T1 Steam Mop. Chemical-free cleaning with the power of steam just got easier. Read about the experience mom blogger Cat at 3 Kids and Us had with her Steamboy T1 and enter to win a steam mop for your house too! Giveaway ends May 31st.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I know A LOT about sweaty odors. I live with boys. Who play really hard. In the desert heat. They dig holes and play with the neighbor's smelly dogs and catch lizards. My husband is a Pool Man who works outside all day. And I won't even go into my whole peri-menopause thing, but my hot flashes are leaving me with "pit" odors and stains on some of my cotton/poly blend t-shirts. The smells that come from my hamper would bring the inventor of Limberger Cheese to his knees. So I was eager to see if the stuff really works.
Using the stuff was a little difficult at first, just because I had to get used to not squeezing the pouch too hard when I poured the liquid in the little measuring cup, thereby shooting the liquid out of the top and all over the floor. I used a little bit more that the recommended amount on my first load of stuff, which consisted of more than just "activewear." Anything my kids wear should be considered activewear! So the load included cotton t-shirts and shorts, some spandex stuff and my cotton/poly t-shirts. (Directions say use 1.5 units for front-loaders, with each unit equaling 1 Tablespoon.)
I treated stains and ran the load as I normally do, but without my usual extra rinse cycle. I have to say, when I opened the washer door, there was a pleasant, clean smell. As I transferred the washed clothing to the dryer, I smelled each item and found no icky, sweaty body odors left in most of the clothing. The only articles that did not respond to the detergent were my t-shirts, which made me a little sad. They still had a BO smell and yellow staining. Stinking hormones are wreaking havoc on my t-shirts! I'm gonna run them through again, this time I will pre-treat them with ProWash before I wash them again and see how they do.
The rest of the clothes came out of the dryer smelling fresh, not perfumey. And they felt clean and soft. So...I am giving ProWash a pretty good grade. It did a good job on stinky boy clothes that were covered with dirt and stiff with sweat. I think it will do great on everyday sweaty odors, but it may not be able to deal with really old or set-in underarm stains and odors. If I see a change in my t-shirts after a few more washes I will revisit this review.
The website says that you can add ProWash to your regular laundry, along with detergent, to boost cleaning power and reduce detergent build up. I tried that and did notice my clothes didn't smell like soapy fragrance, but at $10 a pouch, while I will continue to use ProWash for my worst smelly clothing, I'm not sure I will mix it with my regular loads.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
So imagine how excited I was to get the opportunity to try Drycleaner's Secret by Woolite. Drycleaning is getting expensive! The thought of saving gas AND time AND money? I am so on it!
I used one of my blouses with a stain on it (enchilada sauce) and my husband's wrinkled rayon suit pants that were laying in the back of the closet waiting to be dropped off at the drycleaners for the trial run. The pants were dusty and smelled kind of sweaty. Drycleaner's Secret comes in the form of cloths that are moistened (wet would be a better word) with a drycleaning/spotting solution. I followed instructions and put a paper towel behind the stain, then dabbed it with the wet sheet. After a few minutes of working at the stain most of it was gone, but it wasn't completely removed. The pants had no stains, so I threw them in the dryer with the drycleaning cloth and my blouse and ran them on low for 20 minutes. No bags, no hard steps, just throw the cloth in the dryer with the clothes.
So...I think the product is fantastic for simple drycleaning of items that need just a freshening up. The stain removal power probably depends on the age and type of stain. I will definitely post another review when I try it on a different type of stain.
Dry Cleaner's Secret comes boxed in a 6 pack, with each sheet capable of cleaning 4 garments per load. That's 24 garments you can clean at home for around $10, which is waaaaaay cheaper than the drycleaner! While it may not work for every garment, it will definitely be part of my laundry routine for items that don't require major surgery to clean.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
After much discussion and some changes within our business, I decided to bypass daycare and work from home while my husband joined the company and worked from the office. I count myself lucky that I had both the choice and the opportunity to stay home with my kids and still earn an income for awhile.
When my next son was 3, I had enough mom experience to know that he would be okay in a good pre-school program and that in fact, he would be better prepared for Kindergarten if he had pre-schoool under his belt. Again, I was very lucky to find a great woman who did pre-school from her home and Little Man thrived under her care for 2 hours a day.
Now I am faced, like many mothers, with the prospect of re-entering the work-force. Only this time my boys are both in school and child care isn't an issue for me. But it is a huge issue for many of my friends and neighbors with younger children. Let's be honest...we've all heard horror stories about bad experiences and it can be scary and difficult to find a safe environment where we feel comfortable leaving our kids.
So with that in mind, I happily accepted an invitation to attend a Mom Mixer at the Primrose School in Peoria to get a better idea of what kind of child-care situations exist in the Greater Phoenix area. Maria Bailey, creator of MomSelect and BSM Media, coordinated the event and was on hand to help answer questions and introduce the great folks at Primrose.
If you've read my blog at all, you know that if I have an opinion, I share it. Well, after spending a few hours at Primrose, I definitely have an opinion. My first impressions as I drove up to the school were very positive based on 3 things:
1)It was very close to a grocery store...convenient for moms who are running behind to quickly run in and grab last minute dinner items. I know...that has nothing to do with how good the school is, but after talking to the owners of 3 different locations and mentioning the stores, they all told me they purposely chose a location near conveniences, which tells me that they make decisions about their business with both their adult and young clients in mind.
2) The parking lot and playground areas were very clean and well maintained and the school was pretty secure. I wasn't all icked out (my high school journalism teacher would lose her mind if she read that phrase!) when I pulled up to the school, wondering what kind of disrepair I would find inside. It was apparent to me that the owners of the schools are committed to the ENTIRE school and pay attention to details.
3) When I opened the front door, the halls were filled with bright, creative and colorful bulletin boards. It was very upbeat. It felt fun. It made me want to find out more about their program. My 7 year old went with me. His curiosity was immediately piqued by the fun designs and he was very interested in what other kinds of things he might do there at the school.
As we toured the school, we talked about the Primrose School curriculum. Their Balanced Learning® program emphasizes learning, play, self-esteem and character development by combining child-initiated and teacher-directed activities. Primrose is the first educational child care company to achieve accredidation with CITA and both the SACS and NCA CASI's based on that curriculum, along with being able to meet their stringent standards for safety and teacher training.
I found many aspects of the curriculum interesting, including the fact that they incorporate the use of computers into their teaching as early as age 3 (on a very limited basis) and that they really promote and get the children involved in worthy community service projects. The whole program seems very well thought out and well-rounded.
There were other little details that Primrose addressed, like the fact that the schools provide the bedding for each infant in the infant room and launder it daily. Each infant also has his/her own little drawer, where moms can leave changes of clothing so that they aren't constantly having to pack a huge bag.
The little folks all get a cute little back pack of their own when they start school at Primrose, which I think is a great way to help them feel like "big" kids as they pack their backpack for the day and wear it to school. The pack is used to send items home daily.
The playgrounds are separated by age, so that the bigger kids aren't mowing over the little kids during a more rambunctious moment of play.
Aside from all of the great educational and child-care benefits at Primrose, I was really amazed to hear that Primrose offers franchises, which is a unique concept in child-care. I met 3 different Primrose franchise owners from Mesa, Peoria and Goodyear. I spoke with each one of them regarding their decision to enter the world of child care and found each one of them to be very dedicated not only to the success of their own schools, but with the success and happiness of each child under their care. I think the thing that stuck out in my mind the most is that they are there, at their schools, every single day to eversee and direct their staff. They know every child at the school. Why? Because it is their business, not just their job. They all have children of their own and understand what moms go through in our search for a safe and stimulating environment for our children. Kathy, Heather and Karen are committed to creating a wonderful environment in each of their respective schools, where both children and families can grow and learn.
I'm glad Primrose took the opportunity to get to know us and introduce us to their great schools as well as their unique business model. Now more than ever, quality child care is important and Primrose is leading the pack in providing it, along with opportunities for entreprenurial minded people who are passionate about providing a nurturing atmosphere where youngsters can thrive.
Wanna see for yourself? Call the Primrose School near you and set up a tour. Many offer summer programs as well, even for children as old as 10 or 12. The summer programs sound really fun and include field trips. Check out the website for more details and to find a Primrose School near you!
Friday, April 24, 2009
Florastor® Kids is a product that helps restore the good bacteria our childrens' bodies need to help their digestive and intestinal systems function properly.
Now for the technical part of the review:
Dr. James Sears, board-certified pediatrician, author and co-host of the CBS-TV show “The Doctors,” has recommended Florastor Kids to patients for years. Below are some of the answers he gave in a recent interview about the product:
- What is the active ingredient in Florastor Kids and how does it work? The active ingredient in Florastor Kids is a freeze-dried form of yeast called Saccharomyces boulardii lyo. It helps promote the growth of good microbiota, while attracting and removing pathogens from the intestines.
- Have any clinical tests been done to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of Florastor Kids? Yes. The active ingredient in Florastor Kids, Saccharomyces boulardii lyo, has been studied in more than 40 clinical trials. Studies have been published in top medical journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and Gastroenterology magazine.
- How do the effects of Florastor Kids differ from those of bacteria-based probiotics, such as acidophilus? One of the key differences in a yeast-based probiotic, such as Florastor Kids, is that it can not be killed by antibiotics, and it, in turn, protects the body’s own flora during the course of antibiotic treatment to guard against antibiotic-associated diarrhea. Antibiotic-associated diarrhea occurs when antibiotics disturb the natural balance of “good” and “bad” microbiota in the intestinal tract, causing harmful bacteria to grow far beyond their normal numbers.
- Why would a parent choose to treat a bout of diarrhea with Florastor Kids as opposed to an anti-diarrheal product? Anti-diarrheal medications such as loperamide (Imodium) are typically not recommended for young children. Florastor Kids helps remove toxins from the intestines and at the same time bolsters the body’s defense against the pathogens.
I was personally very glad to learn the Florastor Kids cannot be killed by antibiotics. We recieved and began using the product a week after both of my boys were done with their course of antibiotics. Little man always struggles with "gut issues" after the antibiotics. ALWAYS. I will tell you, Florastor Kids went to work immediately and he has never recovered from a course of antibiotics as quickly as he did with the Florastor Kids. After 2 days of using the powder, which I put in juice for him, his gut attacks disappeared. It was awesome for both of us. Little Man is very vocal and very grumpy when his tummy is rumbling and his booty is busy.
Because Florastor Kids is such an effective tool to deal with diarrhea, we decided to pick some up for our 72 hour emergency kits. It would be great to take along when you travel too
Florastor Kids is available in a box of 10 powder packets for a suggested price of $12.95 and in a box of 20 powder packets for a suggested price of $21.95.
In my opinion it is totally worth the price. Knowing there is a natural remedy available when my kids need help dealing with gut issues puts my mind at ease and the speed with which it worked makes it a worthwhile item to keep in my medicine cabinet.
You can find it at most pharmacies or check out the Florastor website to see who carries it in your area.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
We tried them with Cottage Cheese (middle), Cream Cheese and Green Olives w/Pimentos (top), Peanut butter and jelly (right), Bruschetta style (bottom) and green chilis and grated cheese (left). Everyone had their favorite, I actually like them all.
Plain or topped, these are really good and healthy snacks. We are excited to try the Cinnamon Sugar flavor and will definitely be picking them up next time we hit the grocery store.
Monday, April 20, 2009
I liked knowing that the artists were asked to write their own lyrics to Yanni's instrumentals, a nice collaberative effort. Right off, the first track Omaggio grabbed my attention because it was so uplifting. Nathan Pacheco's voice really blends well with the instrumentals. I also liked the 2nd track with Leslie Mills, The Keeper. It's really upbeat and snappy and kept my attention. I found Chloe's song Set Me Free to be a nice ballad that was both relaxing and a bit haunting. It is definitely one of the more contemporary songs on the CD. While I love Ender Thomas' voice, I was sad that both of his songs were sung in Spanish. I would have liked to hear him sing something more contemporary in English.
All in all the CD is a nice, relaxed listen that I would enjoy in an adult setting, like at a casual dinner party or as background music in a nice restaurant. There was a point halfway through when I thought the songs kind of started to sound the same, but I will definitely keep this CD around for moments when I need to bring the stress level down.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Feld Entertainment and Mom Central were nice enough to send us to Disney on Ice last week, where we had a wonderful time enjoying the Disneyland Adventure themed skating show.
I have to be honest, I was a little afraid that my boys might not be into ice skating. But they seemed excited by the fact that it was Disney related, as our recent first trip to Disneyland is still fresh in their minds.
When we got to the US Airways arena we were able to meet and visit with other Mom Bloggers from Mom Central. We met some really great folks (Melanie at My Little Patch of Sunshine and the Hartung Family whose blog address I misplaced!) and had a light dinner before the Incredibles showed up for pictures. Our family loves the Incredibles...we so identify with their family dynamic!
After shaking hands with Mr. Incredible we went to the arena and took our seats. The souvenir vendors were out in force and of course the kids had to have a souvenir, and thankfully Grandma gave me some pocket money for the event. The boys chose a Dash cup with a snowcone in it. Pretty cool.
Remember a few posts back when I was wondering how Mr. Incredible would do on ice? Pretty darn good, let me tell ya! The out-of-shape Mr. Incredible was the in-shape guy with a big belly pad.
The little girl behind us loved, loved, loved the show and screamed her lungs out everytime a new Disney character popped out onto the ice. My boys thought her reaction was a bit extreme (I think the exact quote was "she was crazy and LOUD, mom!") but I thought she was really cute and it was hilarious to see her get so excited.
The Disney on Ice show is over here in Phoenix but it's still going on in other parts of the country! Here's a link with the show schedules. It is a really fun way to spend an evening and if you go to Ticketmaster.com you can still get tickets. be sure to enter the coupon code MOM to get a discount on a family 4-pack!
Feld Entertainment has been in business since the 1960's and run by the same family for 3 generations. They focus on quality family entertainment and along with Disney on Ice, they also put on Ringling Barnum and Bailey Circus and Disney Live shows. One of the things that impressed me about Feld Entertaiment is their contributions to communities they visit. Through their ticket donations, Feld has provided more than 330,000 children with an opportunity to attend one of their wonderful productions.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
This is NOT and advertisement, you can see the advertisement on my review blog.
Okay, have you seen my kids? They are difinitely fair skinned and prone to burning, which makes living in the middle of the desert a difficult thing.
Up til now it has been a constant battle of wills to get them to wear sunscreen. They are doing much better about covering their heads though. "It's stinks! It's sticky! It feels gross! It burns my eyes!" are all things I hear when I try slather them with stuff or spray them on their way out the door so they can run around outside.
So as a person who knows how badly sun can damage your skin, I am glad Land's End has come out with this new line of clothing. I am actually really excited to try it and seeing as how we are going to reach almost 90 today, I will soon have the chance!
Can I just take this opportunity to say again how much I despise living in Phoenix in the summer? March 2nd...the rest of the country gets snow, we get 90 degrees. I'm scared...will we reach 100 in April? I'm not ready for the brain searing heat, people!
Friday, March 27, 2009
Anyway...the folks at Snuggle have a new product and have offered all of my readers a $2 off coupon for their new fabric creme. I know...creme. It sounds so luxurious, doesn't it? Now for the record, I have not tried the product yet, but I am definitely up for an experiment when I have a $2 coupon to help me save on my purchase!
It's available in two indulgent scents - Sweet Almond and Jojoba Essence. It has a rich, creamy textures and delicate fragrance designed to leave your clothes feeling smooth.
The Liquid concentrate comes in 32, 50, 150 load bottles and it now comes in sheets as well, which come in boxes of 70 count and 105 count. I'm all for the dryer sheets...I'm totally into convenience!
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Friday, March 20, 2009
We are cheese people. There is not a day that goes by that someone in my family doesn't ask for cheese. Sometimes on sandwiches, sometimes melted on vegetables, sometimes for cheese crisps. We are a cheese loving family.
So I was excited to see that Borden loves cheese people like us. They love us so much they have created some new products! They are called Single Sensations and come in new flavors like Applewood Bacon Cheddar, Sun-dried Tomato Basil and Southwest PepperJack. I am so tasting them on a grilled burger right now!
And just so you know how excited I am? I am getting nothing for this review or post...not even free cheese! I am doing it because the cheese sounds awesome and because I want to let you know about the contest Borden is currently running, cause who couldn't use some help during these difficult times, yeah?
Borden wants to hear about all of the great people we know. Tell Borden about someone you think has done something sensational in your community. If your nomination gets the most votes, you both win a year's worth of groceries! Dang! And why is this so awesome? Because the only thing better than cheese? Is cheese you and your friend will be eating on chips and salsa that you won because your friend is wicked awesome and loves to serve his/her community! Am I right?
So why are you still here? Get over to Borden!!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Have you heard of the Ballas Hough Band? They're new. If you're a fan of Dancing with the Stars (I catch it now and again...Cloris Leachman was a hoot last season!), you'll recognize the 2 lead singers of BHB. Mark and Derek were both top dancers on the show the last few seasons! So they dance AND sing! And now they have a band!
I listened to the CD yesterday when I went to pick up the kids from school. The songs all have a really fresh sound, very upbeat. The first song on the CD, "Do It For You," was co-written by the new American Idol judge, Kira DioGuardi. The second track, "Devastated" was kind of edgy and with lots of interesting musical sounds to back up the singing. "Longing For" is a nice, sweet ballad that will have your tween girls swooning,
My boys are 7 and 9 and thought the music was kind of "cool" and my 13 year old niece has hijacked the CD. While I enjoyed the songs, I think Ballas Hough's audience really is the "tween" set. Their songs, while hip and current, have a Boy Band sound that I could not listen to more than once in awhile. My niece big red puffy hearts them!
I hope the band makes it though, because they really are talented guys and I think they will continue to have an impact on the music world. It will be interesting to see how their sound and music matures as they continue their career. Their music is fresh and fun, but I think it plays better for a younger crowd.
Wanna check out the new CD? Buy it here.