Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I am a firm believer of the "pay it forward" concept. Recently, with the death of my very good friend and relative Loretta Gunther, it has made the concept even more meaningful. This is what Loretta was about, she would do something for someone she barely knew, help out a neighbor without question and be there at the drop of a hat if you needed help. I want to pass this on to my daughter, show her how gratifying it is and know that something so simple can make a difference. Liberty Mutual has developed a wonderful tool for parents, such as myself, called The Responsibility Project that offers information about doing just this, a simple act of kindness goes a long way! After all, responsibility does involve acts of kindness.
The Responsibility Project site offers resources such as a blog, short films and the latest topics to discuss. I love the idea of submitting your story and having them post it on the blog. This is a great way to communicate with your children and give them a challenge to think about and act on what they would do. It can be something as simple as stopping by your local Senior Center to converse with the locals or even pop over to a neighbor that you haven't seen in a while to say hello. I think you would be surprised how much it does make a difference. For adults, even in a working environment you can make a difference such as being proactive. Stop by a co-workers desk and see if they would like a cup of coffee, it just might make their day!
Responsibility starts at home and I know I can make a difference, how about you?
This post was written for Mom Central.
This weeks review is Hippos Go Berserk by Sandra Boynton. This is a counting book, a little different than most of my other counting books since halfway through the story, they count backwards!
First, mommy had to explain to me what the word "berserk" meant, which made me giggle. The book starts out with one hippo all alone who calls two hippos on the phone. Can you guess where this is going? At six hippos, a guest appearance by another animal shows up who looks like he could cause trouble! Each count up to nine, brings more hippos in to the party. I am not sure if the one hippo was expecting this many guests but he seems to be o.k. with everyone . Then all of the sudden, all of the hippos go berserk, bringing out drinks and food and the crazy guest is causing trouble! I do not want to give it away what he is doing but mommy would not like it!
Once the party is over, each group leaves, counting backwards, along with the crazy guest. In the end there were 45 hippos in this house and only one left, maybe he might make another call? You will have to get the book to see! I love seeing all of the hippos come in and then all leave, counting each time. Can you fit 45 hippos in your house?
In my quest for locating handmade items for the holidays, I happen to stumble upon Mericreations, an Etsy shop of course. Meredith designs Tote Bags, Burp Cloths and blankets. What was a hobby for Meredith soon became a business when she started selling them to bring in a few extra dollars after her husband was injured in the line of duty.
1. Stop by Mericreations and take a look at her wonderful designs. Post a comment on this post as to what you like the best.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Thank you to everyone who entered the PakNak Giveaway! With out any further waiting, here are the three random winners.
noreen said "can't pick just one. I love manfred, the hearts are so cute, Birdy Birdy is the cutes bird ever, I also like all of the flowers, the purple buyyer fly and the oh so cute dragon fly. I will stop before I name them all like the cute Minty (how they got that name for a heart I will never know!!)My daughter would love these for her first year of kindergarten, she starts Thursday."
Gina said "Adorable! I would put Grant the Soccer Ball on my daughter's soccer backpack!"
Laura said "My favorites are Isaac, Sprinkles, Lago and Mona. Would love to use these on backpacks or jeans!! Thanks."
Congratulations to all the winners! Contact me via email with your mailing information and what Naks you would like.
If you follow my blog, you know that I have a garden which is producing a lot of tomatoes, green beans and all of the sudden a boom in jalapenos. right now, I do not have time to be processing tomatoes every day and I do not want them to rot so I have decided to set up a small produce stand in front of my house selling the excess and really ripe tomatoes.
The sense of smell can set a tone of your mood. As moms, we all know what a dirty diaper smells like and of course our mood is dampened by a smell we cannot wait to get rid of. Then there are smells that can put us in a happy mood such as a favorite pie in the oven, filling the home with a warm sweet smell. Or how about what it smells like after a summer rain, clean and fresh. Wouldn't you like a soap that gives you these same type of feelings? I have found that in the soap from Long Winter Farm, an Etsy shop in Maine that makes homemade soap in wonderful combinations.
So they do not make a dirty diaper soap smell, but again we do not need this since most of us have this to deal with every day. What they do have are scents that have great combinations such as Basil and Mandarin Goat Milk which is a fresh summertime feel. I am using their Fig and Currant soap which is very luxurious, with the slight sweet smell of fig and the currant being the predominant scent. It is not too powerful to use and it also makes my shower smell so nice, calming me after a long day.
Long Winter Farm is a mom of two who lives in Maine on a Farm. She is like me, no naps and always doing something from craft, knitting to making soap! You can check out her blog about her farm and stop by her Etsy shop. No mom deserves to smell just dirty diapers every day!!
Long Meadow Farm is giving away a bar of Peppermilk Cold Process Goat Milk Soap to a lucky reader! See rules below.
1. Stop by Long Winter Farm and take a peak at her scent combinations. Post a comment on this post about which one you would like to try.
2. US addresses only, one post per person and please include your email address.
3. EXTRA CREDIT!!! Blog about this giveaway on your blog linking both Long Winter Farm and Life is like champagne, posting an extra comment at this post with the link.
4. EXTRA CREDIT!!! Sign up for my email feed and post a separate comment that you did so.
5. Contest ends midnight 9/15/08, random winner will be announced 9/16/08. Prizes need to be claimed within 72 hours or will be forfeited.
Monday, September 8, 2008
When we planed our Maine vacation this summer, I knew it would be quite a long car ride. I have been checking out some web sites for tips on long drives with children, since Bugaboo Girl can get a little restless. We ARE that Family has a great list of ideas, tips and web sites to help you on the trip.
Planning seems to be the key to any vacation and packing is always the part that takes the most time. There is a printable Car Trip Check List that has it categorized from must have to Nice to have. It even has a baby check list which to me seems to be the most important! They should put on it "Baby in car seat".
Another great tool is the Moms Minivan site that has the activities categorized out by age group. This site has great tips for gear, travel freebies and games in the car. I am all over this Snack and Play Travel Tray! It has raised sides so nothing spills, side pockets and easy to secure. Bugaboo Girl was able to keep her toys on the tray, draw and have O's not spilling all over her seat!
Do you have any great car travel tips? Would love to hear about them!