Sunday, November 29, 2009

Connect With K'NEX

We recently received this 400 piece tub from K'Nex  Thanks to Team Mom.  I was excited to get it for my kids and knew my 10 year old would enjoy building with it.   Here is is review of the  product.

The K'Nex are very fun when doing rather simple things.  I had fun building many different things. When trying to build more complicated things...well that's a different story.  While trying to build the truck my hands got all red from trying to force the stubborn pieces together and I chipped  my nails. Out of 5 I would rate this product a 2.5

As a parent I was very impressed with K'NEX.  The 400 piece tub is a great value for the money.  It comes with 20 different models to build with a range of difficulties.  Both my 10 year old and 6 year old could find something they could build.  Some of the harder models were difficult for both of them.  They can also design things on there own and have a fun playing with the K'NEX together.   I also loves that it comes with a storage tub to make it very easy to clean up after the kids are done playing.

You can win $1000 worth of K'NEX products with “Make a K’NEXion” Video Contest.
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How? All you have to do is make a video that showcases your child’s K'NEX building skills and
features your child building with select K’NEX products.* Be creative, use your imagination,
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You can buy the K'NEX tub at Target. Walmart and Toys "R" Us for about $20.99.  I is also available online at Amazon.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

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There is so much that God has blessed us with this year and our family is truly thankful.  I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with those that you love.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

El Tacodor Taco Night Giveaway

We love Taco night at our house. Tacos are one of my kids favorite meals. Thanks to El Paso taco night at our house recently got even cooler. We incorporated Taco night with our family fun night and enjoyed a game of El Tacodor. It´s easy to play the El Tacodor Dinner Game. All you need are Old El Paso® taco fixings and a FREE game-ready El Tacodor Pack which includes instructions, a scorecard and a challenge sheet which you can download at

You can also enter the Old El Paso El Tacodor Sweepstakes for a chance to win $5,000 just for having fun with your family. Other prizes include monthly giveaways of $300 cash cards, and weekly giveaways of gift certificates for Old El Paso products for the next five months. When you visit El Tacodor you will also find a link to coupons, a calendar to schedule your next taco night, topping choice chart and more!

One of my readers can have a Taco night of their own thanks to Old ElPaso and MyBlogSpark. One lucky winner will win a copy of the El Tacodor game, as well as two coupons to purchase Old El Paso dinner kits and a $10 gift card to purchase any additional meal needs (i.e. meat, cheese, lettuce, etc).

To enter leave a comment telling me about your favorite family meal.

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Be sure you leave a comment for each extra thing you do. Also make sure you leave a way for me to get in touch with you (e-mail). This contest will end on Fri. Dec 4 at 11:59pm EST and I will announce the winner the next day.

I was given the taco night package from MyBlogSpark in order to do this post.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Oxfam- Give a Gift That Keeps Giving.

Several years ago knowing how much I love sheep gave me one for our anniversary. Well it wasn't really for me but he gave it in my name to a farmer in another country who was in need. I thought it was a very cool gift.

If you are searching for a unique gift to give this Holiday season you need to check out Oxfam America Unwrapped. This year, Oxfam America Unwrapped introduces gifts that help those who need it most. From $20 for a pair of school uniforms donated to a poor community to a $50 goat sent to a struggling farmer to help provide fertilizer and food for his family, Oxfam America Unwrapped offers a convenient, easy way to find something for every one on your list while helping those less fortunate and avoiding the excess of the holiday season. When you buy a gift from, your recipient gets a card with the image of your specific gift and the money goes toward providing lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice in over 100 countries.

The sheep like the one above will allow women to create their own income. What's more, the sheep's wool is used to make local textiles. There are a lot of other things you can give as well like soap or blankets or even books for kids.

If you have that person on your list who has everything why not give them a gift that keeps on giving.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Oxfam America Unwrapped and received a credit for a gift on the Oxfam site

Free mp3 download from Amazon

One of my favorite places to get MP3s is Amazon.  Right now you can get free Amazon MP3s when you go here.  You get a $3 credit to choose the MP3s that you want.  How cool is that.  This is for a limited time don't delay.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Store Brand Baby Formula Coupon and Giveaway

We are out of the baby stage at this house but I know that many of my readers have babies at home and so I wanted to share this great information with you thanks to Team Mom

Everyone knows that breast is best for baby, but there are times when regardless of best intentions, formula is essential – mom is on medication, can't pump at work, etc. Then, it's important for new moms to get the best value for their dollar. According to Consumer Reports Best Baby Products,/ store-brand infant formula is as nutritious for babies as nationally advertised brands. Better yet moms can save significantly - up to 50% with store brands.

To save in more money you can go here to get coupons for your favorite store brand formula.

In conjunction with this great news, thanks to Team Mom,  I am giving away  a copy of the 368 page Consumer Reports Best Baby Products which is a $16.95 value.   In order to enter leave a comment below telling me if you have ever used store brand baby formula.

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Be sure you leave a comment for each extra thing you do. Also make sure you leave a way for me to get in touch with you. This contest will end on Fri. Nov.20 at 11:59pm EST and I will announce the winner the next day.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Free Aveeno Sample

Thanks to BzzAgent I recently had to chance to try out the new Aveeno Nourish Hair Collection.   I was sent the Nourish + Volumize shampoo and conditioner to try.  I was very impressed with the shampoo and noticed a difference in my hair after the first use.  After several uses my hair felt much softer.  According to Aveeno  the Volumize Shampoo does much more than nourish and cleanse — it creates abundance with a fusion of lightweight conditioners, giving hair lush, rich life. Scientific studies show that just three washes helps repair damage, providing the three key elements that give hair life — strength, softness and shine

You can now get a free  sample of your own to try here. You can pick the treatment that is right for your hair.  I hope you like it as much as I do!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Time for Tea Tuesday- A Fall Tea

This weekend we had another great Tea with the ladies from church. Our wonderful host out did herself again. She does everything all by herself and continues to amaze me. We had a choice of 3 main dishes, scones, salad and 3 dessert choices. On top of that she made everyone a bracelet and beautiful leaf shaped cookies. Oh the talent and love that she shows.

These are the beautiful bracelets she made that she used as napkin rings. I would have never thought of that idea. Did I say there were about 20 women at the Tea? What kindness was shown to us.

My daughter loves her tea parties as much as her mother does and like her mother she loves to take pictures. Here are a few she took while at our tea.

These are butter knives also decorated by our host.

Maybe one day like her mom she will blog as well. She may just have a future in photography.

It has been awhile but I would love for you to link up your recent tea post as well. Add you recent tea post and let's share tea!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Tea In London

I am proud to have guest blogger on my blog today.  Denise from Uniquely Tea.  She has a wonderful blog and a fun business of leading Tea Tours to London.

Do you have a passion for something, or perhaps a passion for several something’s? Hello! My name is Denise LeCroy and I have several passions – tea, travel and London.

Several years ago, I married a man from London and left the United States to live with him in that most glorious of cities. I had visited London before with friends, but living there was a dream of a lifetime. I think I dragged my poor husband to every tearoom, tea shop and tea event in London during those years!

When we returned to the states, I settled into married life on this side of the pond and the days and weeks proceeded smoothly until a routine mammogram showed an abnormality that turned out to be breast cancer. Early detection saves lives. Surgery and radiation followed immediately, all went well, and today I celebrate being four years cancer free.

Throughout those soul-searching months of recovery my illness forced upon me a new perspective on many things…life, relationships, what matters and what doesn’t matter. I was given a second chance and was reminded that it was time to dust off my dreams and goals and aspirations that had been neglected for far too long.

I thought about my passions and how I wanted to further pursue them. I already had been a local tea educator for quite some time and although I was also a seasoned traveler, I studied to become a London Destination Specialist. I realized that London’s rich tea history was being virtually neglected by the travel industry, and so I started Tea in London tours - the perfect combination of my love for tea, travel and London.

English Afternoon Tea at traditional and non-traditional venues is a daily event on our tours, together with a combination of other unique activities that include guided walks through areas in London where the tea trade once ruled England’s commerce; visits to museums and galleries to discover old and new tea treasures; journeys to gardens and ancestral homes of early English tea drinkers; and much more. (I can assure you that if one digs deep enough - and I have - one can find a tea-connection to almost anything in London!)

We use a charming hotel in Bloomsbury as our base. It’s a great, quiet location. All of our transport is on a private, comfortable air-conditioned coach and my favorite London Blue Badge Guide, Sarah, accompanies us every day. She loves tea, and you will love her.

But Tea in London is not strictly for tea lovers as we encounter many of London’s famous places and landmarks. Opportunities for shopping are built-in, as well as a free day to privately experience London.

The next Tea in London tour is scheduled for September 13-18, 2010 and I am happy to announce that it will include an optional full-day Tea Masterclass with tea expert Jane Pettigrew. I invite you to visit our website http://www.TeaInLondon for more information about the Masterclass and about the tour.

I hope 2010 will be the year that you have Tea in London!

You can also follow Denise on Twitter

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Time for Tea Tuesday- Cozy Tea

 I was feeling a bit under the weather today so I made myself a a big pot of tea.  The problem is  when I am drinking a pot alone I  need to keep it warm.  This is when tea cozies come in so handy.  The two that are pictured are not mine but ones that my sister has made.  She is starting to make tea cozies to sell them.  As a matter of fact I believe the brown one has already been sold. She is a wonderful knitter and does such a great job.  If you are interested in her work let me know and I can hook get you in touch.  I am trying to get her to start an Etsy shop because she does beautiful work. One of these days I will learn to knit my own tea cozies but until then I will brag on the work my sister does.