Blog Giveaways 9/24/09

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Any Photograph from Inventing Amys Etsy Shop from Audreys Giveaway Blog

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Handmade Baby Booties from Natural Baby Goods

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Kaskey Kids Sports Action Figure from Brown Couch Events

Letters Numbers Colors Shapes Activity Book from Brown Couch Events

Poster Print from My Red Apron

Liliputians Applique Birthday Shirt from Brown Couch Events

Saving Ben Book from Autism Learning Felt

Ouchies from Brown Couch Events

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Kreated By Karen Handmade Tote Bag from Audreys Country Crafts

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Ponds Towlettes Travel Gift Pack from Brain Foggles

Beauty prize pack, jewelry prize pack, or craft prize pack from CanContests

$15 iTunes Gift Card, $15 Amazon Gift Card and Tears of the Desert Book from Yule Time Giving

Halloween Goodie Bag from 19 Etsy Shops from Laughing Vixen

Digital Bank from Saving With Mama Nordy

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Bird Earrings from Audreys Giveaways Blog

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$25 Gift Certificate for Artisan Jewelery from Just My $0.02 Cents

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$100 Gift Certificate to Talbots from oh hey!

Blog Giveaways 9/14/09

Please visit the blogs below to enter their giveaways.

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A doll dress and apron set from Audreys Country Crafts

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Crafty Momma Hair Items from Noodles and Nuggets

WAT-AAH! backpack with goodies and four bottles of WAT-AAH! from BrainFoggles

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Vintage Charm Bracelet from Love Charles Vintage

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New Native Inc Organic Baby Carrier from Penelopes Oasis

Ending 9/22 Plus Size Top from The Art of Willy Nillyness

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$50 Target Gift Certificate and CD from Mama Must Have

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Happy Baby Organic Baby Food from A Little Piece of Perfect

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Two Target Gift Cards from Aprils Little Family

Back To School Schedule

We began working on getting back into the swing of things about a week before school started. Our back to school schedule has been working out very well. My daughter has no trouble waking up and getting ready for school.

There has been a change in her school hours though. She is in school about a half an hour longer than last year. That doesnt sound like much, but it throws off our home schedule, especially dinner time. Weve come up with one solution where she eats her snack while doing some of her homework. We look over what is required and chose something that is easy for her to do.

I sit with her while shes eating and work with her a bit. Then shes on her own with her homework. I do check it of course. Next we work together on some chores which help her calm down after her day in school. After dinner, she has plenty of time to play, talk on the phone and read. Bedtime is a set time every night.

Having a schedule makes school time easier and calmer for parents and children. No more yelling in my house!

Yoplait Whips! Review And Giveaway

Yogurt is a favorite treat at our house. Recently in New York City, my daughter tasted frozen yogurt for the first time and enjoyed it even more. So when I was given the opportunity to review Yoplait Whips! in frozen form I knew my daughter was in for a treat.

You can enjoy the frozen goodness of Yoplait Whips! easily at home. Just pop the container in your freezer and take them out about 5 10 minutes before eating. Try out these delicious flavors Strawberry Mist, Chocolate, Key Lime Pie, Orange Crème, Chocolate Raspberry, Lemon Burst, Peaches N Cream, Raspberry Mousse and Vanilla Creme.

My Review:  I was given two coupons for Yoplait Whips! which we put in the popsicle molds and then into the freezer. You can make the popsicles with two flavors but my daughter just wanted one, Strawberry Mist. They were  delicious taken right out of the freezer, but even better as they began to melt. I put mine in a bowl and waited for it to melt a bit. Because they are whipped instead of thick like regular yogurt, it tasted just like the kind you get at the ice-cream shop. Yummy!

Buy It: Yoplait Whips! are available in grocery stores and other stores where yogurt is sold. They are sold as regular yogurt in the dairy case. Download a coupon for $0.60 off when you buy 3. *Sign up for Betty Crocker Newsletter and receive a coupon for a free Yoplait Whips!

*This free coupon is not valid in some states, including California, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota and Tennessee

Win It: Win the Summer Cool Down gift bag that includes two free coupons for Yoplait Whips!, cooler tote, popsicle molds and a set of 12 color-changing spoons (as seen in the image above).

The Rules:

1. Contest starts now and ends Monday Sept. 14th at midnight EST.
2. Open to US Residents only.
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4. Winner has 2 days to claim prize.
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This review and giveaway was sponsored by My Blog Spark.

Breastfeeding and WIC

The federal program WIC (Women, Infants and Children) that provides food to low income women and children advocates breastfeeding over formula feeding. Because WIC teaches nutrition to mothers informing that that breastfeeding is the healthy choice is the normal thing to expect from them. Because of budget cuts, parents may have to pay for more of their formula now. So breastfeeding is more economical for women on WIC.

In fact, it is more economical for all women. It is completely free and can save parents up to $2000 a year on formula. When I nursed my younger daughter I remember saving money on bottles as well as formula. Theres an online calculator where you can check the cost of formula for the time your baby will be drinking it. It will surprise you when you learn how much formula costs.

If you decide to formula feed or add formula to breastfeeding and want to still save money, learn about brand name formulas. According to Dr. Barbara Levine, Weill Cornell Medical College:

In the United States there are no generic infant formulas. The truth is all infant formulas are subject to the same regulations governing manufacturing and ingredients as stipulated by the Infant Formula Act.

Theres no need to pay more for brand name baby formula. All formulas go through testing of the FDA and have the same nutritional value. Breastfeeding is best, but if you need to formula feed dont waste your money on brand name formulas.

Blog Giveaways 9/3/09

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$200 Visa Card from Found Not Lost

$50 Gift Certificate to Mommy Makeup from Sweeps4Bloggers

Financial Planning Book from Sweeps4Bloggers

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7 Reusable Produce Bags from Audreys Give Aways

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Book: North or Be Eaten from Found Not Lost

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$20 Gift Certificate to Piggy Paints from Noodles and Nuggets.

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Book: Dark Hunger from Found Not Lost

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My Secret Circle computer game from Brain Foggles

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$30 Gift Certificate to Skin Free from Brain Foggles. Open to US and Canada!

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Cir*Kis from Brown Couch Events.