July 30, 2011

6PM Deals

6PM.com is having some great deals now such as up to 75% off new balance and nike.
Think school clothes!

Sale ends 8/1. Also you can get $4.95 shipping for a LIMITED TIME ONLY!

July 29, 2011

StocknGo.com Save 20%

StocknGo.com has a special to get 20% off.

I have purchased from them previously. I was pleased, and the shipping was fast. They have many items at good prices especially with the extra 20% off. I am going to order again today.

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July 28, 2011

Things Remembered Facebook Photo Contest and Blog Giveaway

I am sure you have heard of Christmas in July. I love the great memories we make and remember during the holiday season. Things Remembered is having a contest where they are asking everyone to share their favorite holiday photo and the story behind it. You could win $200 and see your photo feature in stores and online this winter!

The picture above is the one I entered. Every year my dad passes out the presents when we exchange gifts at my Mom and Dad's house. The kids love to help pass them out. I have so many wonderful memories of Christmas, and I look forward to making new holiday memories.

The contest at Things Remembered is very easy to enter. You just submit one of your photos on their facebook contest area. Then you submit a brief explanation of your photo and you info. That's it! But hurry, the Facebook contest ends August 4th at 2PM.

Also, Things remembered is sponsoring a giveaway on my blog. You can win a 5x7 soho gunmetal frame The winner can literally "frame" the special picture you submit into the contest, and it's engravable with whatever memory/phrase you want to capture and remember!

Main Entry
To enter please post your own photo in the Things Remembered Facebook photo contest. Then leave your Facebook name and email address in a comment on my blog.

Bonus entries:
For extra entries (after the main entry is completed.) Leave a comment for each item done.

1. Follow Things Remembered on twitter. Please leave your twitter name.
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Since the facebook contest ends soon, the contest on my blog ends 8/2 at 12 Midnight CST.

I am to receive a gift from Things Remembered to thank me for spreading the word about their facebook contest.

July 27, 2011

My Kids' Sense of Style

Can you believe it? It is almost back to school time. Where has the summer gone? I believe that time passes quicker when you get older. It is hard to believe it is time for back to school shopping.

I remember the feeling of starting a new year at school. Armed with new clothes and new school supplies, it seemed like every year was a new beginning. I liked school, but for some kids it was a chance to get a fresh start.

The good thing is my kids love to go shopping for back to school clothes. The bad thing is my wallet doesn't love it. But, of course, I am always looking for sales. :)

Both of my kids are developing their own sense of style. It is very interesting to watch their individuality and uniqueness develop. But if they don't like an item, then I can forget it. They won't wear it! Are your kids like that? I am trying to relax and let them pick what they like. But they do have a dress code at school, and I won't let them wear anything that is offensive.

My daughter doesn't like things that look too "girly, girly". I like pink, but she avoids it like the plague. She loves the color green, so she picks many things in that color. She usually wears jeans or shorts. Amazingly, recently she found a green summer dress that she wanted. She looks pretty in that. She is getting a little more feminine with her choices in jewelry and fixing her hair. I have also noticed she has been experimenting with my make up. What will I do when she starts dating?

My son likes the color black. He is not "Goth" or anything, but he just likes that color. I have to encourage him to wear other colors. He likes some blues, green, and white. He also likes camo prints. He is not big into sports, so he doesn't want any T-shirts with sports on them except maybe skateboarding. He likes some different pendants and chains. When we were in Arizona, he got a pendant with a real, black scorpion inside. He has wanted one of those for several months.

Well, this was a little about my kids' developing sense of style. I try to empower them to express their individual style, while guiding them to appropriate choices. I would love to hear about your child's sense of style.

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10 Tips to Get Your Kids to Eat More Vegetables

Like most parents, I suspect you have difficulty getting your children to eat their vegetables. My kids really complain about veggies. I complied this list to help you get your kids to eat more veggies.

10 Tips to Get Your Kids to Eat More Vegetables

1. Serve their fave vegetable
Usually kids have a favorite veggie. My son likes green beans, so I serve them at least once a week. Avoid serving it too much though. That would "burn them out" on it.

2. The one bite rule
My friend has a rule that the children must try one bite of every item served. If they really don't like it, they can leave the rest. That is a good way to at least get kids to try different veggies.

3. Hide the veggies
Many people sneak veggies into other items. I have heard about blending a small amount of veggies and adding it to spaghetti sauce. I haven't tried it yet, but I think it would work.

4. Make casseroles
Many casseroles contain veggies. Usually their flavor is hidden in the overall flavor of the dish. Unfortunately, my kids don't like casseroles. :(

5. Let them pick out a veggie
Take them to the store and allow them to pick a veggie they promise to eat. They will be excited to try the veggies of different colors and shapes.

6. Eat veggies first
Some people have a rule that they have to eat their veggies before they can have seconds on any other item such as noodles.

7. Change the way they are served
For example you can serve it fresh and cold instead of cooked. My son likes raw carrots, but he hates them cooked. ???

8. Make shapes or designs
My kids are teens, but this could work for younger children. You could make a smile out of veggies on a plate.

9. Talk about how an individual veggie helps.
You could talk about how carrots are good for your eyes.

10. Grow your own vegetables
Be sure to have the kids involved. Usually they will want to try it if they helped grow it.

I hope these tips help you get your kids to eat more vegetables. Please, let me know if you have any other tips.

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July 13, 2011

Tips for Life on the Go

Are you having fun this summer? We have been traveling. My kids are having fun, but sometimes I am exhausted.

10 Tips for Making Your Life Easier and More Efficient While on the Go

1. Try to combine your trips.
I try to combine errands such as going to the post office, drug store, pet store, etc. at the same time. If I have several things to do, I pick a few that are located close together. A little planning really helps me save time and gas.

2. Use a planner.
I have a Franklin Planner where I write our schedules. Many people have their schedule on their iphone, but I don't have one of those. My sister has a large master calendar on her wall. She uses a different color for each person in the family. (She is much better organized than I am.)

3. Buy "on the go items".
I like the single servings of koolaid or crystal light. Then the kids can just mix one in a bottle of cold water.

4. Have quick meals on hand.
My kids love lunchables and lunch makers. They are great when I am too busy to cook.

5. If you are at home, prepare meals in advance. I have been interested in the concept of once a month (or 2 weeks or 1 week) cooking. Thus far I haven't really tried preparing that much food at once. I also read about the concept of freezer cooking. It sounds easier. One person said she just prepares and extra dish and freezes it when doing her usual cooking. For example, if you make lasagna, double the recipe and make 2 regular sized pans. Then just freeze the 2nd batch for later. I think I could do that. :)

6. Have plenty of snacks available.
I keep plenty of of fresh fruit and yogurt on hand. Then my kids can help themselves.

7. Look for restaurant coupons
We eat out a lot when we are on vacation. Remember to look for coupons. It can save you a bundle.

8. Look for specials for activities for the kids.
In my area they have specials on activities like laser tag, swimming, skating, and more. I hate to hear the lament "I'm bored!".

9.Plan more activities in the evening.
I don't tolerate the heat too well. I like to go grocery shopping in the evening.

10. Don't forget to take time for yourself. I like to take a hot bubble bath to relax. During the day, a nice treat would be a can of iced latte from Seattle’s Best Coffee.

I hope these tips were helpful. Do you have any ideas about how to save time or make your life easier? I would love to hear them.

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July 11, 2011

Visit Virginia Beach

Have you ever been to Virginia Beach? I remember when I was a teen, my sister got to go with her friend. She loved it, and I have wanted to go since then. She told me it was beautiful, and it was very fun. There is so much to do, and there activities for all ages.

Reasons I want to visit Virginia Beach:

1. I have never been, and I have wanted to go for many years. It is on my list of places I want to visit.

2. The beaches are beautiful. Like I said, I have never been, but I have seen a lot of pictures of the beautiful beaches. They have more than 35 miles of ocean and bay beaches. Virginia Beach is known as the "World’s Largest Pleasure Beach". I want to make sand castles with my kids.

3. There is plenty of shopping.
The trolley route leads to Lynnhaven Mall with JC Penney, The Gap, Dillards, Old Navy, and Abercrombie & Fitch. It has over 180 specialty stores, services, and movie theaters. Pembroke Mall at Town Center has many shops and eight movie theaters.

4. My son would love the Virginia Beach Rock Gym.
The Virginia Beach Rock Gym is a state–of–the–art climbing facility featuring a climbing tower, boulders, and a pro shop. It has a 32–foot Main Wall, a rugged textured surface with realistic edges, corners, and bulges. They have a weekly Youth climbing Club, and you can have Rock Gym birthday parties.

5. My kids would love Ocean Breeze Water Park.
On the Paradise Pipeline you twist and turn as you ride the pipe and then blast out the other end into a cool pool. The Hurricaine takes you higher and then you rocket feet first down an enclosed tube before plunging into the eye of the hurricane. The pressure builds as you spin, swirl and finally get released for a drop you will never forget.

7. The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center looks interesting. There you can learn a lot about the sea life. They have an IMAX theater. Also you can go dolphin watching. And you can go on a whale watching excursion.

8. I love swimming. I have always wanted to learn to surf. Another thing I have wanted to do is go para sailing. It looks so fun!

9. My son would love pier fishing.
You can drop a line into the Atlantic at Virginia Beach Fishing Pier, or crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay from Lynnhaven Fishing Pier. He is really getting into fishing.

10. I would like to visit The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia.
It offers instructional art classes for any one with an interest from ages 2 – adult. You can learn drawing, painting, ceramics, photography or crafts.

As you can see there are so many fun things to do in Virginia Beach. The good news is that it is within a day’s drive or less from two-thirds of the U.S. population. I want to go right now!

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July 2, 2011

The Closer Season 6 DVD

There are many extras found on The Closer Sixth Season DVD. I always love the funny scenes. The video about gives you a small snippet of the extras.

- Script to Screen: Making Episode 3 In Custody
- Kyra Sedgwick opens up about The Closer
- Police Files: Unaired Scenes
- Gag Reel

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