Uprinting.com Poster Giveaway

I am not sure whether you have noticed or not, but my site has a new corporate sponsor, on my sidebar. I must admit I am quite excited, and I hope this means that I am growing a business alongside a successful blogsite. I really like the UPrinting.com site, because of all the available options there are, and I hope we have a succesful collaboration.

I have been looking for a good printing source of business cards, labels, and online poster printing. Yes, you read that correctly, I want to print out a poster. We took some gorgeous family picture’s over the Easter Holidays, and I would love to have a poster made for my grandmother. It is also a great way to get large prints of my children to adorn my walls as more artwork. Speaking of artwork, That is another thing I could have a poster made out of. The scanned artwork that Regan and Rebecca have made for me over the years. This would really take it to the next level. Regan is currently working on an abstract art project, that would be beautiful and professional look made from poster printing.

Anyway, to the matter at hand, my new sponsor is allowing me to host a giveaway of a 16×20″ Poster Print giveaway from UPrinting.com. This giveaway is open to everyone, but it only includes shipping and handling if you live in the United States or Canada. All others should expect to pay shipping and handling if they win this giveaway. This contest will conclude on May 21, 2009 at midnight CST. Please remember that when entering anonymously include your email address so that you can be reached.

1.Mandatory Entry: What would you have made into a 16×20 inch poster? Leave a comment and let me know.
2.Post about this giveaway and link back to UPrinting.com

Ficklets Review and Giveaway

I have girly girls. They love to be fashionable and accessorize whenever possible, and one of the hardest things I find to make super-cute and fashionable are Regan’s glasses. Regan has astigmatism, and since she is not able to do contact lenses by herself, then eyeglasses are a main wardrobe function in our lives. Even though we have about three pairs in different colors….they are still plain and ordinary glasses in Regan’s mind. Although now that we have found ficklets they no longer have to be plain and ordinary. They are now fun and festive to match nearly any occasion. We received ours in the mail and there were two pairs….one set of sparkly blue stars, and one set of chic red and white flowers. Well the red and white flowers now adorn her black pair, and the blue sparkle stars are on the pink pair, and Regan suggested to me that her brown back up pair are lonely.

The great part is that at such a reasonable price of about $5.98 or $7.98 a pair, I can but a few more pairs of ficklets as stocking stuffers, and birthday surprises, and Regan can switch out to match any season and outfit. Regan already picked out a pair of footballs she wants for Friday nights in the fall, and she also loved the kissy lips. It is the prefect pick-me-up for any pair of glasses. They also work great on sunglasses too in the summer time as Rebecca tried to quietly take Regan’s stars to jazz up her sunglasses. She was caught in time and they were returned, but it looks like I would score well getting them for both girls.

Can I tell you though my favorite part about ficklets? They were invented by the mom of a special needs child. That of course completely warms my heart and made Regan feel very special about wearing them too. I wholeheartedly support that kind of effort.
****I do want to warn before hand that these are small and do pose a choking hazard for any child four and under.

Want to win two pairs for yourself or for the eyeglass wearing child in your life? This giveaway is open to United States Residents Only and will run until June 21, 2009 midnight CST. Remember to leave an email address if you do not have one attached to your Google account, so that I can get in touch with you

1. Mandatory Entry: Visit ficklets and tell me your two favorite styles.

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3.Another Entry, Tweet about this post and leave me a copy in a separate comment

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Word World Review

Regan has a strange obsession with children’s program…..on any given evening you are just as likely to find her watching PBS Kids as you will watching any other channel. I have asked her why at age 13 she prefers watching shows geared towards the younger crowd, and she simply replies….because they are fun to watch. I have to admit some of them really are.

Word World is an Emmy award winning series that promotes early literacy. In fact studies have shown that children that watch the show doubled their oral vocabulary skills and tripled their ability to read certain words. This was especially helpful in households where English is a second language.

Personally it is easier if I leave the fact that it is educational out of the equation for Regan. She just loves the characters of dog, pig, and sheep and thinks it is really cool how their bodies are med up from the words. On Saturday February 14th Word World has a special Valentine’s episode, can you guess who already has it on their Tivo to-do list…..me!

On a side note, I found it really creative how they formed the animals out of the words that name them. My favorite I have seen so far is the shark. I think this will be a really creative project for my gifted and talented group at the girl’s school. I will let you know how it goes.

A special thank you to the Family Review Network for this wonderful opportunity.

Bubblegum Romance and Jude Devereaux

I have a passion for reading. There is not a day that goes by that at some point during the day I read a few pages of a book. I keep novels going in my bedroom, and also in almost every bathroom in the house. It is typical for me to have several going at the same time, because I have no problems keeping plot lines straight. I can’t even fall asleep at night without at least glancing at written word.

That being said, I have developed such a distaste for Romance novels. I don’t mind so much the sameness of plot or the fact that it looks like there were thousands of lords and ladies in regency England who fell in love, because I guess the peasants are so uninteresting. No, what truly bugs me is the brainless heroines in so many of these.

I have never been a “damsel in distress” type of gal. I pride myself on being self-reliant….in fact it drives my husband a little nuts, because I never ask him for help with anything. I used to really enjoy reading Jude Devereaux “the early years” because she had great heroines who ran households, did it all, and were rarely out of control….and then she turned on me. The romances all became about odd time traveling sagas, because apparently the right guy isn’t here…he is fighting dragons three centuries before…sorry you missed each other.

The reason for tonight’s minor irritation, is against my better judgement, and lack of finding anything else to read around here I picked up a Jude Devereaux novel my mom had given me in a bag of books. This one was called “Temptation” I read it and gradually realized my brain was actually getting numb with each passing word. Going to go find something that will boost brain power and not decimate it

Overcoming School Anxiety: Book Review

“This post was written for Family Review Network as part of a program for Overcoming School Anxiety and it’s publisher, who supplied the book for review.”

This year with both of my girl’s in junior high, they were apprehensive for different reason. Regan really wanted to end her years at school on a high note. She has not always been the most successful student. She has displayed her temper on several occasions, and not been considered a model leader. She so badly wants to finish her eighth grade year as someone to look up to, and have the grades that will help her be successful in high school. With her disability she faces every year with a batch of new children that she has to get to know, and explain “why she walks in a walker”, and “why she has braces on her legs”. Coupled with her being a true teen with all kinds of anger issues it is no wonder she was worried with how school was going to go this year.

Just in time for school I read Diane Peters Mayer’s book Overcoming School Anxiety. The book addresses being different in school and how to handle it. Regan is the only physically disabled child in her whole school district, so she tends to stand out no matter what. Most of the time she handles it all with grace and poise, but when she is nervous or angry then everything goes right out the window. She and I practiced some of the stress management skills talked about in the book, and we had a discussion about her limitations and her strengths that helped her face the first days with confidence.

We are now in the third week of school, and so far things have been smooth as far as her grades and expectations of her peers and teachers. She is happy that everything has been going so well, and is hoping that for the first time she will be included in the student leadership program at school. I think with the skills we have armed her with and the help I got from the book she will have a terrific year.

The Perfect way to get Fresh Flowers

You can imagine my squeals of delight when this gorgeous bouquet arrived at my house. I proudly displayed my flowers in the middle of my kitchen where my husband can’t help but notice them immediately (which he does), and then I of course wait for the next obvious question of my mind

“Where did the flowers come from honey”?

Well I might as well wait until pigs fly….because the question never came. John Mark waltzed in during lunch, and just commented on how pretty they were. Not one query of their origin….not one slight hint of jealousy or curiosity. Doesn’t he worry at all? Well I finally couldn’t stand it any more, and said

“Don’t you want to know where they came from”?

Then I got to share that the bouquet came to me from the California Cut Flower Commission to showcase their new hint cards. So that those of us for whom husbands bringing home fresh bouquets on a whim is not a typical occurrence can leave subtle clues around that flowers would be appreciated. Here are the what the cards say:

1.pssst…my favorite flower is in season.
2.I DARE YOU TO BUY ME flowers.
3.Flowers make a girl happy. And you know what happens when this girl is happy… 😉
4.Want to make up for it? You know what to do.
5.Not because you have to. Not because you’re sorry. Just because.
6.”Don’t let all of my hard work go to waste!” – Mr Bumble Bee

Want to win possible free flowers once a month for a year fill out this survey

Want your own hint cards to leave out for the hard-headed significant others in our lives? Thanks to the California Cut Flower Commission and Family Review Network I have 25 sets of these cards to give away…..and I decided it would be much easier to just give them out to my first 25 different commentors.

Here is the deal:

The first 25 different commentors that tell me where they would leave a hint card will win them.

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Contest is open to US readers
Contest ends whenever 25 comments are reached.
Winners will be notified by email.