Category Archives: fun stuff

Give Yourself a Raise

How many moms do we have here?  (Raise your hand, moms.)

I am a mom. I have two beautiful, healthy children.  When I was a child and people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always answered without hesitation, “I want to be a mom – that or a brain surgeon.”  While I never made it to medical school, I am doing something just as important as “brain surgery” – I’m raising children.  I’m having sleepovers in my bedroom and reading silly books and dancing to Disney songs.  I’m making messes and inventing recipes and blowing bubbles and cleaning and cleaning and cleaning.

 

 

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This is what I was born to be.  There is nothing better.  I can’t deny that there are times it is downright exhausting, however.  I don’t sleep like I did before kids.  My life doesn’t belong simply to me anymore.  It is shared with these precious souls (as it should be).  And because of the amazing sacrifices I’m blessed to make, I sometimes like to splurge – on me.  To reward my awesome mom-ness, if you will.

 

What about you?  Do you enjoy a little “Raise” now and again?  What’s your favorite mom reward?

I confess that I love a long, hot bubble bath.  I enjoy a nice, adult dinner.  My favorite splurge?  A new cool outfit.

You see, I don’t buy myself clothes often – maybe once a year I’ll get a few “new” shirts from a local thrift store.  But man oh man, to buy an entire outfit – NEW – from a retailer, and to go shopping for the new outfit by myself…THAT would be a treat!  Of course, because that would indeed be a splurge, it’d be nice to find a away to do it frugally.

 

indexThere are definitely options out there…one in particular I’ve just recently learned about is Raise.com.  At Raise you can buy and sell gift cards – sell your unused cards, buy gift cards at a discount...and currently they are running a “Give Yourself a Raise” campaign, all about the importance of rewarding yourself for all the hard work you put in every day.  Fun stuff!  So hey, jump on in.  Share in the comments what it is you do to reward yourself.  Let’s all give ourselves a raise, because let’s face it, as moms, we are pretty darn special! :D

New Season of The Voice!!

Eek!

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A new season of The Voice, on NBC, is starting tomorrow at 8 pm EST….and y’all, I love that show!  The talent, the judges, all of it!  I love how positive they keep everything…it’s not about watching someone hack away at a song and get insulted, booed, and ridiculed for it.  My kids are music lovers as well, and enjoy watching it with me, so tomorrow night we’ll be having some good family fun. :)

 

Anyone here a fan?  Will you be watching?  Do you have a favorite judge?  Or perhaps a favorite performance?  I’ll never forget a few years ago watching Vicci Martinez and Niki Dawson singing Perfect.  It was the first time I’d heard the song, and I was blown away.  Ahh…memories. :)

 

If you haven’t watched it or are unfamiliar with it, here’s a little info about The Voice

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The show’s innovative format features four stages of competition: the blind auditions, the battle rounds, the knockouts and finally, the live performance shows.
“The Voice” is a presentation of Mark Burnett’s One Three Inc., Talpa Media USA Inc. and Warner Horizon Television. The series is created by John de Mol, who executive produces along with Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Stijn Bakkers and Lee Metzger.
Shakira and Usher rejoin Blake Shelton and Adam Levine when Season 6 premieres Monday, February 24. 8/7c
Rating: TV-PG

 
I can’t wait!! :D
 

 
*This post contains sponsored content, however the opinions are all mine alone.

18 Free Websites for Fun and Educational Gaming

Kids these days are obsessed with technology – or is it just my two?  While I make very clear limitations and rules regarding time spent on the computer, having educational and age-appropriate options make me feel better about the time I do allow my kiddos to play on the computer.  I wanted to share a few of my family’s favorite free websites for educational gaming:

 

go-logohttp://www.pbskids.org
http://www.pbskidsgo.org
http://www.pixiehollow.com
http://www.disney.com
SLCO Library System
Starfall
DanceMat Typing
HoodaMath 
(one of my daughter’s personal faves)
StoryBird (another favorite!)
Spelling City
Time For Kids

 

These are other webites that I haven’t personally tried, but I’ve heard good things about:


FunSchool.Kaboose
PlayKidsGames.com
Knowledge Adventure
FunBrain
Free Online Games
Mr Nussbaum
Prezi

Crayola’s Big Colorful Birthday Adventure – Chance to Win A Trip!

To celebrate their 110th birthday, the 8 original crayons are throwing a birthday bash at the new fun-omenal Crayola Experience, the world’s only interactive Crayola family attraction. Right now, they’re out on a colorful adventure to spread the news, and we’ve all been invited to join the fun!

 

4Sounds intriguing, right?  How can you join in on the fun? You can FOLLOW the crayons on their adventure, LEARN more about each color and enter to WIN a trip for 4 to celebrate their birthday and the Grand Opening of the all new Crayola Experience this coming May, 2013!

 

The Crayola Experience is located in Easton, Pennsylvania.  It features four floors of new interactive exhibits and one-of-a-kind attractions that will bring the magic of color and your child’s creativity to life! The winner will be among the first to experience the fun, along with a three- night, all-expenses paid stay. It’s an experience your kids will never forget – and neither will you!

 

Visit the Crayola Facebook page, like them, and click “enter now” for your chance to be first in line when the Crayola Experience reopens.  More info about the giveaway from their FB page:  “Enter our Sweepstakes to give your family a chance to be our special guests at the 110th Birthday Celebration and Grand Opening of the Crayola Experience on May 24, 2013 in Easton, PA! You’ll go behind-the-scenes to be the first to enjoy Crayola’s all new attractions – four floors of hands-on adventures where you get to discover the magic of color, chemistry and technology!”

 
 
Well, I can’t lie…I’m pretty excited about this, and I’ve already entered.  My kids both LOVE coloring, and everything to do with art, crafts and creativity.  How about you and your kids? :-)

 

*Thank you to Crayola for providing me with this information!

 

 

Amazon Local

Have you tried out Amazon Local yet?

 

I absolutely love it.  For Christmas I bought my kids 2 passes each to a local pizza-activity place, and I also got myself a pass to go HANG GLIDING!!  I have a fear of heights, but to go hang gliding or paragliding is one of my bucket list items, so I’m going for it.  I was able to save 60%!

 

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There are always new local deals available, and they are so fun!  If you haven’t signed up yet, it might be worth looking into.

You can GO HERE to sign up for FREE.