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Giveaway and a Chance to Win a Hybrid Car!

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I’ve been meaning to start using reusable shopping bags at the grocery store. We do need the plastic ones for cleaning up kitty litter and various other things, but we have those coming out the wazoo right now, and I’m sure if we get low, there’s no law that says I HAVE to use my reusable shopping bags each time. This offer from Stop & Shop may just be the push I need to start!
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The wonderful people from MyBlogSpark, General Mills, and Stop & Shop have provided me with a $20 Stop & Shop Gift Card to give to one of you!
…AND…

This month, Stop & Shop is paying homage to Mother Earth by offering you the chance to win one of two 2010 eco-friendly Hybrid cars!

Here is how it works:
From April 16-29, buy 5 participating General Mills items (listed below) with your Stop & Shop card, use a reusable shopping bag and you’ll automatically be entered to win. There are two different sets of participating General Mills items for each week of the promotion (participating brands listed below). No purchase is necessary. You can also enter without making a purchase by completing an official entry form at your local Stop & Shop store. There are two 2010 Hybrid cars up for grabs, and the more you buy the better your chances are to win! Limit one entry per visit. Open to residents of MA, RI, CT, NH, NJ, NY, MD, DE, VA or DC and individuals at least 18 years old. For details about the sweepstakes, see in store for complete rules.

Participating  General Mills Items

Week 1, April 16-22 Week 2, April 23-29
  • Cascadian Farms Cereal
  • Cascadian Farms Frozen Vegetables
  • Progresso Light, Reduced Sodium and High Fiber Soups
  • Betty Crocker Specialty Potatoes
  • Betty Crocker Boxed Muffins
  • Betty Crocker Cookie Pouch
  • Nature Valley Crunchy, Sweet & Salty,Trail Mix and Yogurt Bars
  • Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters
  • General Mills Fiber One Chewy Bars
  • Betty Crocker Gushers, Fruit Shapes, Fruit by the Foot or Fruit Rollups
  • Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers
  • Yo-Pus, Yoplait Fiber One or Yoplait Delights Multi Pack
  • Yoplait Original, Light, Thick & Creamy, Light Thick & Creamy or Whips
  • Pillsbury Grands Biscuits
  • Totino’s Pizza Rolls 90 Ct.
  • Cheerios 18 Oz
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch 24.9 Oz
  • Honey Nut Cheerios 25.25 Oz
  • Kix 18 Oz
  • Lucky Charms 24 Oz
  • Multigrain Cheerios 16.2 Oz
  • Cascadian Farms Cereal
  • Green Giant Vegetables
  • Nature Valley Crunchy or Sweet & Salty Granola Bars
  • Green Giant Boxed Vegetables or Prepared Vegetables, Simple Steam Seasoned Vegetables or Rices
  • Green Giant Wanchai Ferry Entrees
  • Yoplait Frozen Smoothies
  • Totino’s Pizza Rolls
  • Pillsbury Savorings
  • Fiber One Muffins
  • Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • Pillsbury Sweet Rolls
  • Yoplait Greek Style Yogurt
  • Yoplait Kid Multi Pack
  • Cheerios 14 Oz
  • Cocoa Puffs 16.5 Oz
  • Honey Nut Cheerios 17 Oz
  • Lucky Charms 16 oz
  • Multigrain Cheerios 12.8 Oz
  • Reeses Peanut Butter Puffs 18 Oz

To Enter to Win the $20 Stop & Shop Gift Card:

MyBlogSpark is providing a $20 Stop & Shop Gift Card for me to offer to you!

There are multiple ways to enter. Only one of the ways to enter is mandatory, all of the others are optional – you do not have to do all of them to be entered!

You have until Midnight on Tuesday, April 20th to enter. The winner will be posted on Wednesday the 21st.

Mandatory – 1 entry:

  • Do you regularly use reusable bags? And if so, how do you remember to a) put them back in your car and b) bring them back into the store? Also, what’s the best kind? (roll-up vs. canvas…etc.)

Optional – 1 entry each:

  • Are you going to enter to win the hybrid car? If so, which product from above will you be stocking up on?
  • Twitter about this post and leave a comment with a direct link to your tweet.

Optional – 2 entries:

  • Blog about this post and leave a comment with a direct link to your post.
Week 1, April 16-22 Week 2, April 23-29
Cascadian Farms Cereal Cascadian Farms Cereal
Cascadian Farms Frozen Vegetables
Green Giant Vegetables
Progresso Light, Reduced Sodium and High Fiber Soups Nature Valley Crunchy or Sweet & Salty Granola Bars
Betty Crocker Specialty Potatoes Green Giant Boxed Vegetables or Prepared Vegetables, Simple Steam Seasoned Vegetables or Rices
Betty Crocker Boxed Muffins
Green Giant Wanchai Ferry Entrees
Betty Crocker Cookie Pouch
Yoplait Frozen Smoothies
Nature Valley Crunchy, Sweet & Salty,Trail Mix and Yogurt Bars
Totino’s Pizza Rolls
Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters
Pillsbury Savorings
General Mills Fiber One Chewy Bars
Fiber One Muffins
Betty Crocker Gushers, Fruit Shapes, Fruit by the Foot or Fruit Rollups
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers
Pillsbury Sweet Rolls
Yo-Pus, Yoplait Fiber One or Yoplait Delights Multi Pack
Yoplait Greek Style Yogurt
Yoplait Original, Light, Thick & Creamy, Light Thick & Creamy or Whips
Yoplait Kid Multi Pack
Pillsbury Grands Biscuits
Cheerios 14 Oz
Totino’s Pizza Rolls 90 Ct.
Cocoa Puffs 16.5 Oz
Cheerios 18 Oz
Honey Nut Cheerios 17 Oz
Cinnamon Toast Crunch 24.9 Oz
Lucky Charms 16 oz
Honey Nut Cheerios 25.25 Oz
Multigrain Cheerios 12.8 Oz
Kix 18 Oz
Reeses Peanut Butter Puffs 18 Oz
Lucky Charms 24 Oz
Multigrain Cheerios 16.2 Oz

Remember Rainbow Brite?

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I remember Rainbow Brite from when I was a kid. I don’t remember a lot about her buddies, but I remember she had a kick butt horse. 🙂

See what she used to look like…Cupie doll cute 😉

…she’s baaaack! (Can you believe she’s 25??) She looks a lot different now…more modern…and I love it! It’s kind of neat that I can “pass along” one of my memories to my kids.

“Rainbow Brite has blasted back onto the doll scene with a vibrant makeover, continuing to delight children with her empowering and imaginative adventures as she spreads her positive messages of courage, kindness, and hope.”

MomSelect sent me a CD to review with my kids, and a few extras to share (I gave one to the kids’ preschool and others out as Valentines Day gifts to Maggie’s dance class). I even have one that I’ll give away to one lucky reader! (More about that below…)

The CD I have includes:

  • A new Rainbow Brite animated short (there are a few more on the Rainbow Brite website too!)
  • Games, puzzles, and coloring pages
  • The Theme song (in sing-along style)
  • Meet Rainbow Brite and her friends

I put the CD in and both Burke and Maggie were immediately drawn to my computer screen. The music is “kid-catchy” …meaning, kids love it and adults can stand it once or twice 😉

Their favorite thing – besides watching the short show over and over – is the match game. Followed closely by the picture maker.

(As a matter of fact, Maggie is bugging me to finish up this post so she can play again…)

I like that I can print out coloring pages – that we put together – so we can continue the fun off-line. I also like that even though it seems “girly” there are definitely things for boys to enjoy as well.  And I’ll admit that I had fun playing the Rainbow Rescue game *blush*

Now for the Giveaway part.

Do you want to win one of these CDs for your kid(s)?

There are multiple ways to enter – you do not have to do all of them to be entered!

One entry each for the following comments left. Pick and choose the ones you want to do, but please leave a separate comment for each option – makes for easier random.org picking.

  • Did you play with Rainbow Brite as a kid? (If so, what’s your favorite memory about her?)
  • Did you watch Rainbow Brite as a kid? (yep, there was a TV show.)

You can also get more entries (1 each) if you:

  • Blog about this giveaway and link back to me (let me know with a comment please)
  • Tweet about this giveaway (please let me know with a direct link in your comment)

You have until Midnight on Wednesday, February 24th to enter. Random.org will choose the winner and I’ll post it on Thursday the 25th.

A Shining Star in the Crochet World

I love to crochet. Before I had kids, I crocheted almost as much as I read books. (Hard to do both at the same time though…) I tried knitting, but I guess my brain can only follow one hook (or needle) at a time. 🙂

The other day, I had about an hour to kill between getting a throat culture and picking up the kids from school, so I hit the local craft store for some yarn. I found what I was looking for almost immediately, including a pattern! 50 minutes left to kill, so I figured I’d buy a hook as well so I could go ahead and start on my blanket. (Since I’m always in the middle of about 20 different projects, and I like keeping the right size hook with said project, I can never have too many…) Except…all of the size I needed were GONE. In every brand on the rack! Grrr.

So I wandered around a  bit looking at the end caps and a new hook caught my eye. THERE was the size I needed… only … it looks a little funny (and colorful!)

I picked it up and got excited…The Widget Crochet Lite has an acrylic (“normal”) hook, but it lights up! The handle has batteries and a switch…so it’s larger than normal, but it also has a “grippy” on it. And did I mention a light?? I can crochet in the DARK!!

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Now, you’re thinking, “Why on Earth would you crochet in the dark??” right? I’ll tell you why… And it’s not just because my Great Granny Mac used to crochet at the movie theater (I still don’t know how she did that!) … it’s for all of those long trips we take to Vermont! I usually have to stop crocheting once I realize that I’ve been squinting for the past half hour and have to rip out the last row of stitches.

It’s PERFECT!! I used it on the way home one evening last week, and the light didn’t bother Mike while he was driving at all. Woot!

Oh – and an added (HUGE) bonus? Since the handle is about twice the size of a “normal” hook, my hand doesn’t cramp any more!! (Yes, I’m fully aware that I’m getting old. Shoosh. 😉 )

I think I’m in love. And I’m SO going back for more sizes.

Want one of your own? Leave me a comment with your favorite thing to crochet. (My favorite is afghans since they’re incredibly forgiving), and the size hook you use most often. A link to a favorite project (only if you can do it legally!) will get you another entry. Random.org will choose one winner in a week (so comment by Midnight, Monday, December 14th if you want a chance). I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday the 15th.

No one sent me this product to review, I bought it on my own…as I will buy the winner their own … in the size they want.

Toy Review and Giveaway!

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Yesterday, MyBlogSpark.com and Hasbro sent me 2 toys to review. (You can see Burke and Marjorie testing them out in yesterday’s post.)

The Elefun & Friends collection, which includes Elefun, Hungry Hungry Hippos, and Gator Golf, provides a great way for parents and their kids to enjoy silly, active playtime together.

We received SCATTERPILLAR SCRAMBLE and GIRAFFALAFF LIMBO. The kids started out with Scramble and then went to Limbo and then came back to Scramble. Both games are for kids 4 years old and up.
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In SCATTERPILLAR SCRAMBLE kids do their best to balance marbles in the hands of one very wiggly caterpillar. Kids have fun dancing along to the music with Scatterpillar in this fast-paced marble game. The first player to securely place all 8 marbles in Scatterpillar’s hands wins. SCATTERPILLAR SCRAMBLE was named the 2009 Preschool Game of the Year by Creative Child Magazine.

Burke and Marjorie started out with this one…and quickly got frustrated because the Scatterpillar moves so much. However, they did come back to it when we talked about how it takes practice and that if they kept at it they’d be able to do the game in no time. I think part of their frustration was that the marbles would get away from them. Mike fixed this by putting the Scatterpillar in a box top – no more runaway marbles!

As the kids practiced, they actually got pretty good at it. They never really played the game, but they had fun putting marbles in Scatterpillar’s hands.

I liked this game because it teaches kid persistence and hand-eye coordination. It’s also fun to watch the Scatterpillar dance around.

GIRAFFALAFF LIMBO is the crazy new game of “how low can you go?” Spin the dial to try one of the 6 limbo styles: classic limbo, crab walk, crawl, giraffe walk, bend forward or backward. The game’s built-in sound will play an encouraging song as preschoolers try not to bump into Giraffalaff. If he’s knocked over, he´ll roll on the floor in laughter. The player who passes under Giraffalaff at the lowest level wins.

This one makes me laugh. Every time you knock the giraffe off the poles, he laughs…and it’s infectious. And I like that it gets the kids up off their butts and active! I don’t quite understand why the giraffe is up-side-down (apart from, you know, gravity), and it makes the limbo-er have to go very low, but it’s for kids, so I suppose that’s okay. (You won’t catch ME trying to go under that thing though!)

Burke and Marjorie had fun running around and ducking under the giraffe, but didn’t quite get the “spin and do the funny walk” part of the game. We’re working on that. They were really digging the music though – and doing well taking turns walking under.

Now for the Giveaway part.

Would you like your own Giraffalaff Limbo and Scatterpillar Scramble games to enjoy?

There are multiple ways to enter – you do not have to do all of them to be entered!

One entry each for the following comments left. Pick and choose the ones you want to do, but please leave a separate comment for each option – makes for easier random.org picking. 🙂

  • What is your favorite children’s toy? (And if you’d like to state why, I’m curious about that as well…but that won’t impact your entry 😉 )
  • What is your child’s favorite toy?\

You can also get more entries (1 each) if you:

  • Blog about this giveaway and link back to me (let me know with a comment please)
  • Tweet about this giveaway (please let me know with a direct link in your comment)

You have until Midnight on Monday, October 12th to enter. Random.org will choose the winner and I’ll post it on Tuesday the 13th.

But Wait! There’s More!

Once you’ve purchased (or won!)  an Elefun & Friends game, Kids can also experience the fantasy world of Elefun & Friends online by visiting www.elefunandfriends.com and entering the special code that can be found inside each Elefun & Friends game box. Once the code is entered, kids can access The Tangled Tale, an Elefun & Friends animated short. This entertaining tale features Elefun on an adventure to untangle a kite string, which ultimately leads him to the true meaning of friendship. The Elefun & Friends online experience also lets kids play games and sing along to songs like “Friends’ til the End” and “Follow that String” that help remind children of the importance of fun and play!

Coupon, Coupon, Coupon: visit http://bricks.coupons.com/bstart.asp?o=59048&c=EL&p=ERf0P5lm to download a printable coupon for $4 off any Elefun & Friends game! This valuable coupon offer is valid until December 31, but it´s only available for download through October 31.

Giveaway: $10 Stop & Shop Gift Card

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The wonderful people from MyBlogSpark have provided me with a $10 Stop & Shop Gift Card to give to one of you!

Stop & Shop is offering a great Back to School promotion, where you can save on both groceries and gas!

This Back-to-School Saving Event is taking place at Stop & Shop stores
September 4-10.

Here is how it works:
General Mills and Stop & Shop are teaming up to give families a great way to stock up and save as they gear up for back to school.

Here’s why you should shop at Stop & Shop’s big Back to School Event.

  1. Great sale pricing on the participating General Mills brands:
    Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Reeses Puffs, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cookie Crisp Sprinkles, Cookie Crisp, Fruit Snacks, Old El Paso Dinner Kits, Pillsbury Strudel, Pillsbury Scrambles, Green Giant Boxed Vegetables, Yoplait Yo-Plus Multi-Pack, Fiber One Yogurt Multi-Pack, Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookies, Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, Pillsbury Sweet Rolls and Yoplait Delights.
  2. Additional savings for you or your school, depending on which Stop & Shop location you shop

If your Stop & Shop store sells gas

  • Buy four (4) participating General Mills items and you’ll automatically earn 100 points on your Stop & Shop card
  • For every 100 points earned, you’ll save 10¢ per gallon of gas (Please note: Total discount cannot exceed price per gallon)
  • Just swipe your Stop & Shop Card at the pump to redeem your Gas Rewards

If your Stop & Shop store doesn’t sell gas

  • For those Stop & Shop locations without gas stations, don’t worry – you’re not left out of the savings – if you buy five (5) participating General Mills products, you will receive 20 Bonus Box Tops for your school

MyBlogSpark is providing a $10 Stop & Shop Gift Card for me to offer to you!
Because the sale ends on the 10th, this is going to be a short giveaway period so I can try to get the card to you before the sale is over.

To Enter:

There are multiple ways to enter. Only one of the ways to enter is mandatory, all of the others are optional – you do not have to do all of them to be entered!

You have until Midnight on Saturday, September 5th to enter. The winner will be posted on Sunday the 6th. If you get your address to me before Monday morning, there’s a good chance the gift card will get to you before the Stop & Shop sale ends.

Mandatory – 1 entry:

  • Tell me, does the Stop & Shop around you have a gas station – and do you use it?

Optional – 1 entry each:

  • Tell me the most money you’ve ever saved at a grocery store (and how!).
  • Twitter about this post and leave a comment with a direct link to your tweet.

Optional – 2 entries:

  • Blog about this post and leave a comment with a direct link to your post.

Reminder: Giveaway Ends Tomorrow

Don’t forget to enter the Dance Me, Daddy book and CD giveaway!

You have until Midnight tomorrow.

Giveaway! Children’s Book: Dance Me, Daddy

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I just received this beautiful story – Dance Me, Daddy by Cindy Morgan –  in the mail yesterday. The illustrations are just wonderful and the story is inspired by a song Cindy wrote called King of the World. I seriously had tears in my eyes while reading it (when did I get so sappy??)

I enjoyed the story, but I was surprised that it ended so quickly. I thought it would have a few more pages about the later-on-in-life aspect. This didn’t take anything away from what was already there, just my initial thoughts.

The best part? It comes with a CD! The song, King of the World, is performed by Point of Grace (see below, I found it on YouTube). This, too, brought tears to my eyes (seriously – do kids make you go sappy?? I used to be a hard-a$$, just ask my best friend…I never cried!) Anyway, I can totally see this song as a father/daughter dance at weddings.

And then Cindy herself reads the story with an instrumental version of the song in the background. As I said, I enjoyed the story when I read it (with my New England accent), but when hearing Cindy read it in her slight southern drawl, words rhymed! Words like “girl” and “world” – do those rhyme when you say them? I was quite impressed and it brought on a whole new level to the book.

To round it all out, there’s an interview with Cindy. I loved hearing about her inspiration for the song and how she presented it to her husband. She also talks about her children and the differences between writing and singing.

I get to give two of these gorgeous, hard-cover books (with CD!) away!!

Now for the Giveaway part

There are multiple ways to enter – you do not have to do all of them to be entered!

One entry each for the following comments left. Pick and choose the ones you want to do, but please leave a separate comment for each option – makes for easier random.org picking. 🙂

  • What is your favorite Cindy Morgan song?
  • What is your favorite children’s song?
  • What’s your favorite daddy/daughter song?

You can also get more entries (1 each) if you:

  • Blog about this giveaway and link back to me (let me know with a comment please)
  • Tweet about this giveaway (please let me know with a direct link in your comment)

You have until Midnight on Tuesday, June 16th to enter. Random.org will choose the winner and I’ll post it on Wednesday the 17th.

BUT WAIT! There’s more!!

Zonderkidz™ is currently hosting a “King Of Your World” contest on dancemedaddy.com, where children and parents alike can enter to win a Sony BRAVIA for Dad on Father’s Day.  Simply tell a story about your own father, or a special father figure in your life or your children’s lives.

Press Release

In her new children’s book Dance Me, Daddy (Zonderkidz™, May 2009, 978-0-310-71762-1, $16.99, Hardcover) singer/songwriter and 2009 Dove Award Winner Cindy Morgan celebrates the bond between fathers and daughters everywhere. With lively illustrations by Philomena O’Neill, Dance Me, Daddy recalls the days when Daddy was the “King of the World.” The final copy of the book will include a CD with the song “King of the World” (written by Morgan and inspiration for the book) performed by Point of Grace, as well as a reading of the book by Morgan.

Cindy Morgan is a wife, mother, and singer-songwriter. She has recorded eight records, enjoyed 18 number one hits, and has won ten Dove Awards over her career.  Dance Me, Daddy was inspired by a song she wrote for Christian/country stars Point of Grace – “King of the World” – which dropped to stations nationwide on June 1.  A CD recording of the song, along with an interview and book reading by Cindy Morgan, are included in each copy of the book.