Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Master Lock Supports Breast Cancer Research

Most of you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is one of the top killing diseases in woman and men alike. Master Lock wanted to get the word out about breast cancer detection and prevention so they put out a line of pink locks with the ribbon printed on each one.

In support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Master Lock will donate $15,000. This is the third year they have donated to this foundation. You can purchase these locks in support by clicking the box below. There are several different types of locks for many different needs. Pick out which ones meets your need the best.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters Review & Giveaway!

Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters are a new delicious snack from Nature Valley. There are four wonderful flavors to choose from. The clusters are bite-sized pieces of 100% natural ingredients including roasted nuts, whole grains, and honey. Looking for a healthy snack? This might be right up your alley. Sign up for a FREE sample here.

I thought that the Honey Roasted Peanut ones tasted like Cracker Jacks but a slightly lighter taste. I loved it! The Roasted Almond had a lightly sweet flavor but a wonderful granola taste. The Roasted Cashews has a delicious cashew flavor that is lightly sweet with a hint of granola. The Nut Lovers was exactly that, a delicious blend of three nuts and granola. They were all absolutely delicious! The Honey Roasted Peanut was definitely my favorite. What is yours?

Now for the best part, General Mills Nature Valley & My Blog Spark wanted to offer one of my readers a Nature Valley Prize Pack as seen above. Fill out the form below to enter into the giveaway.

Dole Jarred Fruit Review

Recently Dole & Momdot sent me some Dole Jarred Pinneapple Chunks to try. They also sent me some recipes to make using the jarred fruits. Let me tell you that they were delicious! I'd never tried the jarred fruit before. They are delicious and full of flavor and they are healthy too!

Did you know:
  • Pinneapple is a great source of Vitamin C which will strengthen your child's immune system.
  • Fruit is a better snack choice than high calorie junk food.
  • Fruit combats childhood obesity.
  • Presenting fruit in a fun way will raise your child's interest.
  • Fruit is the perfect before bed snack.
Here are two recipes that Dole sent for me to try out. Both of them were delicious and definitely worth a try!

Pineapple Tuna Bites
  • 1 Can (16oz) tuna packed in water, drained & flaked
  • 2 Tbsp (1oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 Jar (24.5oz) DOLE Pineapple Chunks
  • 2 Tbsp chopped almonds
  • 24 small round crackers (I used Ritz Roasted Vegetable Crackers)
Combine the tuna, cream cheese & mayonnaise in a bowl, mixing well. Chill or serve as is. Measure 1 Cup of drained pineapple chunks & stir into tuna mixture with almonds. Spoon mixture onto crackers. Makes 24 appetizers.

Mandarin Chicken Rollups
  • 1 Cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast half
  • 1/4 Cup Italian salad dressing
  • 1 Jar (24.5oz) DOLE Mandarin Oranges
  • 4 (6") flour tortillas (I used FlatOuts.)
  • 1 Cup DOLE Romaine Lettuce torn into bite-size pieces
Shred chicken & marinade in salad dressing in re-sealable bag for 15 minutes. Measure 1-1/3 Cup drained mandarin oranges. Divide chicken mixture equally on tortillas. Top each with mandarin oranges & lettuce; roll up and secure with toothpicks. Makes 4 servings.

Be sure to try these recipes. Visit their website for more information and recipes. While you are there, be sure to enter The DOLE Magic Giveaway. Here you can enter to win a trip for 4 to Maui, Hawaii. There are other weekly and daily prizes to be won. This giveaway ends 10/21/09, so enter quickly.

Office Max & Peter Walsh School Organization Help

How is your school kid doing this year? Have you noticed difficulty in organization or asking yourself, where do I put all these papers. How long do I need to keep all the graded work? Where do I begin? Now that school has been going for a while, you may want to evaluate your organizational situation.

Peter Walsh would like to help answer some of these questions. He has set up some organizational tips for the classroom, backpack, home office, etc.

Organization in the Classroom:
  • Color Coding: Color coding things like words, symbols, etc helps kids to remember the subject easier.
  • Attend Parent/Teacher Meetings: This will give you a different perspective on your child and how they react to situations when away from home. You may know your child well or hear things that may surprise you. Teachers appreciate feeling respected, your attendance can demonstrate this to them.
  • Teacher's Gift: It has always been the thing to give a teacher an apple. Teachers would rather receive school supply donations. A lot of the decorating costs come out of their own pocket, not covered by the school.
  • Organize: If the kids are involved with organizing their own things, they feel more a part of it and learn to love it even more.
Organizing the Backpack:
  • Teach your child how to properly use their backpack: Large compartment for books, medium for lunchbag, small for pens/pencils and other smaller supplies. Help your child decide what goes where.
  • Each evening, have your child show you their backpack. Help them organize any papers that they may have taken home or any extra items that may have been picked up along the way.
  • If you show concern for organization, your child will have a greater respect for it and see the importance.
Tips to Organize:
  • Show the value of organization in your own things. Have a place for your mail, keep things orderly in your home, teach them to put laundry away right away, etc.
  • Establish clear limits and routines. Kids are very routine oriented. They thrive on discipline and order. The more you can help them with this, the better they will feel about the world around them.
  • Always "finish the cycle". Whatever organization you start with them, make sure you keep up with it. If you slack even for one day, the cycle can be broken and you have to start all over.
  • Be sure to use the right tools for organization. Figure out what you need to organize what your child has, get it and be sure to teach them how to use it properly and regularly.
  • Organization relieves stress and gives your child confidence. Where there is chaos, their is stress. I'm sure you have witnessed that in your life. When your house is a mess, you feel stressed. Your kids experience the same things when things are chaotic in their lives.
  • Set out or have them pick out their clothes the night before. This way they are not rushed in the morning to get ready and stress over what to wear. If they pick it out the night before, you will know if they need socks washed, etc.
Tools for Organization:
  • Organize their pencil case: Seperate pens/pencils, glue & scissors, etc into different sections fo the pencil case. The best kind to use is the ones with seperate zipper compartments for optimum organization.
  • Binders: Ask their teacher what needs to be kept in the binders to be brought to school everyday and what can be stored at home. Label the binders with a labeler. Be sure to regularly empty out the binders to organize excess papers at home.
  • File Cabinet: Be sure to have a file cabinet available for papers to be kept in for the year that doesn't need to be in the binders to and from school daily.
Organizational Tips for Home:
  • Find a vision that you have for their home work space. Whether this be their own desk or a desk that they share with you &/or others in the family. It is optimum for them to have their own individual work space to organize and keep orderly.
  • Make organization a family value. Make sure everyone in the house considers organization important. This mindset is contagious and very helpful!
  • Once you visualize the work space, attain the proper equipment to make it orderly easiest.
  • Desktop Organizers: Whether this be expandable file folders or file cabinet, or bins to organize.
  • Pencil Cup: This will help you and your child know where their supplies are and get to them easier. If you need several to keep things seperate. For instance, one for pens/pencils, markers, colored pencils, crayons, etc.
  • Drawers: Organize the drawers with other supplies like stapler, ruler, calculator, protractor, etc.
Peter Walsh and Office Max have a line of material that can help with getting your home and children organized. This line is called the [IN PLACE] SYSTEM. I have really learned to love this system and it's organizational benefits. If you are looking for helpful material, be sure to check out the line at Office Max.

Where have I been?

This past weekend, I went to a ladies retreat at the Bill Rice Ranch. It was colder than we anticipated but was a lot of fun. If you are ever looking for a great, quality, Christian camp to attend or send your kids to, I would suggest this camp to you.

If you have a special interest in sign language, they have a special week where they will train you in sign language. I plan to attend that next August. Feel free to attend with me!

If you would like to learn more, check out their website.

As for this week, I may be scarce at posting. We had a death in the family and I will be traveling out of state and may not be able to post much. I will post what and when I can. I will leave a Mr. Linky here. Please post any deals or FREEbies that you find. If all of us work together, we can find some really great deals!!!

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