Reviews, giveaways and memes - Jumpin Beans

6.6.12

Gotta Love the Bunny - Energizer Lithium #giveaway

Having a toddler, you can imagine how often we go through batteries.  
We have several rechargeable batteries throughout our house.
Being that I love to take pictures (and that I blog)  we for sure have rechargeable batteries for my wireless mouse and my camera... 
But, for Broxton.... 



I have been using the Energizer Ultimate Lithium Batteries.  
They are proven to be the worlds longest lasting batteries in high tech devices.  
I have been using them in Broxton's toys to help me out...

You know how you have a little one and they are really intent on their game?  Well, I have a hard time explaining to Broxton that he has to wait while I change the batteries.  It's not that he is being bad about it, it's just that he doesn't understand why there are 8 million and 4 little screws that you have to remove first before you then take out the batteries and change them out. Knowing these batteries last longer, it is nice to know they are in his toys (and that I can snag them for my camera when needed.)
I will tell you a secret too, since we have the Ultimate Lithium Batteries now (and they are good for "high tech devices" )  I have noticed that when we go out, I always take the Lithium with me in my camera.  
Yes, its good to have the rechargeable batteries for the house, but I like the fact that the ultimate lithium are longer lasting... It makes me feel better about it, because I can not charge while we are out and about....  but  with the long lasting, I do not have to worry about missing a moment with that camera!  We all know how fun it is catching all the moments that go on with a toddler!
Wouldn't you like to win the Energizer Ultimate Lithium Batteries for your house to try out?  

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You Can Store It in the Freezer? BenGay Zero #Giveaway

The last couple weeks, I have had this catch in my neck when I wake up.  I know it is from sleeping weird (I need to guy buy new pillows, the ones we have are really pointless at this time.) Anyways, a couple of times it has just really aggravated me to the point where I wanted relief.  Good that I have worked with BenGay in the past and was just sent their latest product.


BenGay has recently came out with BenGay Zero Degrees.  This is actually pretty neat and let me tell you why I liked this one.  First of all, it is able to be stored in the freezer.  I like that I can pull this out of the freezer and immediately have the cooling sensation on the area that is giving me trouble.
The other reason that might just have the biggest PLUS for me?  It comes in this tube like a deodorant.  Then, you just twist the bottom to have it come out of the top (once again, like a deodorant)  you then just use the tube as the applicator as well.  That means nothing ever touches your hands... so you do not have to worry about it on you.
With the BenGay Zero, I did wonder if it was going to automatically penetrate to provide relief.  I asked Marc (as he has used it a couple of times) and he said no, but it did not take long.  After it was placed on me, I kept commenting on how it was so cool on my skin, since it came out of the freezer... The next thing I knew, I was going on about my daily activities and then I noticed that the pain was no longer there.. at some point, it had worked to soothe the kink out of me, but I really do not know how long after it was applied!

I think that I am most impressed with the way you can apply it, as it makes it easier to apply to yourself.
One reader is going to have the chance to try BenGay Zero Degrees out for themselves!

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Ripley's Unbelievable Stories for Guys


If the guy in your life is anything like mine... 
(Husband, Daddy and Brother... all alike!)

You would love to check out Ripley's Unbelievable Stories for Guys.


I will tell you this, I think all that Ripley's stuff is pretty neat, so I knew that I wanted to read the book, even if it was "for guys."  As soon as it arrived, I was eager to check it out, but I felt bad looking at it before giving it to Marc.  So, once again... another "early fathers day gift."  
He was immediately drawn into reading it and 79 pages later, he decided to put it down!  
No complains from my end as I quickly snatched it up and started reading through it all.



Now, this book is different from other of Ripley's books...  
It is smaller in size (more like a tablet) than other books.


Also, there are no pictures.  

Here are the contents:
Transport

Science
Sports and Games
Business
Crime and Laws
History
Natural World
Body
Mysteries
Digital and Technical
The Arts
Politics
Food



This totally is geared towards guys:  
There is a section about the most expensive cars... undesirable jobs and even movies that flopped.



I like how you have a mixture of short stories that tell "unbelievable stories" and then you also have a page with just stats on it... They have even added in a section of famous last words and other neat things!!!

I personally liked learning that there is a road in Lancaster, California that has a pattern of grooves cut into it.  When you drive over it at 50 mph, it plays the William Tell Overture.  Now, I never knew that before, but you can guarantee that I would love to go there... Also, in South Korea, there is a road that keeps drivers awake by playing "Mary Had a Little Lamb!"    Seriously, did you know that?!


I am not a guy, but this was a pretty cool book. (Yes, I flipped through and read the whole thing... Marc can have it back now!)

If you are looking for a great gift for a guy that already has everything... Or you need a neat Fathers Day gift...   I would recommend Ripley's Unbelievable Stories for Guys!

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5.6.12

W/W - Yes We Did!

Did I tell you the time we met these guys? 
It was awesome... 




Do you know who they are?

Happy Wednesday!

Work on Math While Watching Team Umizoomi

I love when Broxton watches TV and it is educational.  Yes, we love watching the cartoons that help him with his manners and being a great friend, but I also love when we have the chance to broaden the spectrum.
Lately, Broxton has been working on his math skills!!!!

We are now the proud new owners of Team Umizoomi : Umizoomi Games!
I admit, he has watched in the car, so I do not really know what all they are doing, but it nice that he is getting into it... Who knew math could be fun?


Join Milli, Geo and Bot on four sports-themed math adventures in Team Umizoomi: Umigames.  Preschoolers will learn many math skills, including counting, patterns, measurement, and more! Get in the Olympic spirit and don’t miss out on the Umi Team’s latest all new DVD. Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Team Umizoomi: Umigames will be released on DVD for the suggested retail price of $14.99.

Team Umizoomi features a tiny team of superheroes, Milli, Geo and Bot, who use their mighty math powers to help little kids solve big problems.  The series combines action-adventure missions with an interactive math curriculum designed to help kids develop self-confidence in their math abilities and appreciate the many ways in which math shapes their world.  The Umi Team is not complete without their Umi Friends (home viewers), who help the team along the way while practicing various math skills.  Set to a soundtrack of preschool-friendly pop songs, the series is designed to build upon preschoolers’ conceptual understanding of math as they are exposed to core mathematical concepts like numbers, counting, computations, measurement, patterns and shapes.

Team Umizoomi: Umigames Episode Synopses:

Umi Sport Games
Team Umizoomi is playing in the biggest sports event around: the Umi Games! To win the Super Sports Trophy, Milli, Geo and Bot must defeat the robotic athletes. 

Boardwalk Games
Team Umizoomi’s friend Ryan wants to win a toy helicopter at the Boardwalk Carnival. Milli, Geo and Bot play carnival games to earn tickets and help Ryan win the special prize.

Crazy Skates
Bot decides to give roller-skating a try but when he puts on a pair of “crazy skates” by accident, he starts rolling out-of-control all cross Umi City. Milli and Geo must rescue their runaway robot pal.

Carnival
Jake calls in from his class trip at the Umi City Carnival.  The class is having a great time on all the rides but Jake lost his favorite stuffed animal Bunny!  Team Umizoomi takes the Umicar to the carnival to help Jake rescue his stuffed animal.

Team Umizoomi: Umigames Fast Facts:
Street Date: June 5, 2012
Catalogue: 823354
DVD SRP: $14.99
DVD Running Time: 96 Minutes
Special Features: None

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Need Help Getting Organized? Smead Can Help


You know, I always have good intentions...
I have been talking about how I want to try and get more organized.  
With Broxton getting ready to start school, I know it is now or never.


I have plans.. Big plans!  
But until then, I wanted to take a minute to tell you about a few different products I am planning to work with to organize and get a bit of structure in our house!  
I know, I should be starting to get organized now... and I am!
I just wanted to share the products I will be using to accomplish my goals!






The See File® Organizer with "U" cut pockets allow users to quickly identify which pockets their papers are filed in and gives easy access to documents. The two-tone file has 12 pockets. They are non-indexed and include labels: Alphabetic A-Z, monthly Jan.-Dec., daily 1-31, household subjects and blank. The files feature a flap and cord for security and easy transport.
• 12 pockets with flap and loop closure for security and easy transport
• Non-indexed pockets with labels: alphabetic (A-Z), monthly Jan.-Dec., daily 1-31, household subjects and blank
• Letter Size
• 10% Recycled content, 10% Post-consumer material



Get organized and stay focused on your projects using project organizers. The project organizers are pre-printed with templates for optimal organization. Keep track of project process, contacts and notes with 10 expanding pockets.
• Quick & easy pre-printed dividers to access project information, tasks, contacts and notes
• Reinforced Tabs
• 10% recycled content, 10% post-consumer material


FasTab hanging folders have built-in heavy-duty reinforced tabs permanently attached to the folder. No assembly is required. They are easy to label by either handwriting directly on the tab or applying self-adhesive labels.
• Handwrite directly on the tab
• Permanently attached heavy-duty reinforced tab
• Paper is glued around rods on both sides
• Tabs are 20% larger than standard 1/3-cut tabs
• Tab embossed for label placement
• 11 pt. colored stock
• Coated rod tips
• 10% recycled content, 10% post-consumer material


This six-pocket Tax Organizer makes tax preparation a breeze. Simple instructions and a checklist are printed on the inside front cover. There are printed and blank labels included for easy filing. The Tax Organizer features secure pockets for safe transport.
• Simple instructions and checklist on inside cover
• 6 pockets with tabs
• 10% recycled content, 10% post-consumer material




Quite honestly, out of all of them, I think the one that I know will get the most is my See File.  I really like that it will allow me to store items in there and then the cover flips over and is secured with a cord.  No need to worry about things falling out!
I also really like the Project Organizer.  I plan on being an active mom while Broxton is in school, as well as I plan to get active in our church.  This is just the organizational tool to help me do so!  


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4.6.12

Looking for a One of a Kind Gift? @makeaball Is It

If you are looking for a gift that is really personal and one of a kind.. 
Make a Ball is the place to start looking!!!!  I heard about them and just had to go and visit their site.
I was immediately impressed, so I had to email to see if we might have a chance to work together.
Luckily, we did and now I get to share with you...   

Make a Ball is a custom company that takes images that you provide and they make a sports ball for you.
We had the chance to review their Football and I surprised Marc with his Fathers Day gift a bit early.
He was totally shocked and went on and on about how cool it was!  All he could talk about was how much he loved it and it was an original idea having a football with a personal photo on it and not just a stock image.  We even had to show it to my dad and he thought it was pretty neat as well!
Marc's Fathers Day Present.  ALL his boys :)
I took the ball to show to the people that work for the hometown  arena football team, I thought it would be awesome if they could offer them as items for sale.. I know that it would look great with the team football picture on one side with their record on the other.  She took down the information and said that it was a great idea and she would pass it along to the ones that make those decisions... 


I also had to show it to my aunt.. She is a die-hard team mom for her sons football team.  She said that when football season starts back next year, she will show them to the other moms...  I love that you can order several or just one.. there is no limit on quantity to place an order!!!  Guess what... You can get the team photo on one side and then an individual picture of your player on another... 
There are so many options that they have.
So, don't worry if you are not a football fan.. 
They have baseball, soccer, basketball, softball, volleyball and they can even do a hockey puck!!!

Image Credit: Make - A - Ball


You first need to head to their site.. 
Then, click on the GET STARTED button.  
Next up, click on your layout and then upload and arrange the picture the way you want it.

It takes about a month for production, so make sure you order in advance... or you can print out the site and wrap that up!  

With Fathers Day almost here.. 
I say, take a photo of your dad with his kids.. Or your hubby with your kids..  Or your dad/hubby and their siblings.. or.. Well, you get the picture! Take the photo on Fathers Day and then tell them they will get their gift later, that you had to capture the best moment... 
(That is also helpful for those of you that have no clue what to get... get this.. everyone wins!)

When my brother was younger, he played t-ball and then little league.  
I think this would be a great way to display the team photo!  
You could put the team photo on one panel... then the year and team name on the other..
You know how you buy the package and then after that year, you shove the photo in a drawer or behind the next year?  This way, you can buy a little baseball display case and have them all right there... 
I can not WAIT until Broxton starts playing sports and we can do this for him!!!!

I am really pleased with Make-A-Ball and I can not wait to use them again!  
Make sure you follow Make a Ball on Facebook and Twitter.

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Use The Natural Dentist to Help Prevent Gingivitis



As a mom of a toddler, we are always talking about brushing our teeth, having good oral hygiene and other issues of cleanliness.  


I recently had the chance to try out a new mouth rinse and I have to tell you, I really like the flavor...

Normally, I use the rinse for the benefits... not for the flavor at all, but with this one, it is for both reasons.
I know that some people are not fans of mouth rinse flavor... but, this is like a mixture of peppermint and cinnamon.  The flavor is not overbearing and it doesn't burn like some rinses (they normally contain alcohol and this is all natural.)  

Did you know that dentists guess that over 80% of us will have a form of gum disease at some point in our lives?   Just look at the information that I received the other day:

You may not know anyone personally that has gingivitis, but you can always take the proper steps to help prevent you from getting it.  

The Natural Dentist Healthy Gums Mouth Rinse is clinically proven to:

  • Reduce and prevent bleeding gums
  • Protects against gingivitis
  • Kill germs
  • Reduces plaque
  • Freshens breath
  • Contains Aloe Vera gel as its active ingredient to help prevent bleeding gums
  • Also contains other natural medicinal components such as Echinacea, goldenseal, calendula, and grapefruit seed extract that help calm gum inflammation

The Natural Dentist line is powered by nature, proven by science.  The Natural Dentist Healthy Gums Anti-Gingivitis Rinse DOES NOT contain alcohol or artificial ingredients, making it natural and healthy for your mouth.  However, unlike other natural products, The Natural Dentist tests its products in controlled studies. Universities, oral care experts, periodontists, and dental hygienists continually evaluate the products, ingredients and effectiveness. The Natural Dentist products are not tested on animals; research is conducted with human volunteers and laboratory tests. View research studies, publications and abstracts athttp://www.stopbleedingnaturally.com/clinicalstudies.php.

While it can happen to anyone, the following raise the risk for developing gingivitis:
§  Poor dental hygiene
§  Pregnancy/puberty/menopause (hormonal changes increase the sensitivity of the gums)
§  Uncontrolled diabetes
§  Genetics/family history (30% of general population susceptible to gum disease)
§  Smoking
§  Stress
§  Medications
§  General illness


Make sure to follow THE NATURAL DENTIST on facebook.   By following them, you can stay up to date on current information as well as product giveaways!!! 

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Little Pim Books Help to Learn New Languages

Marc and I have already discussed how we want Broxton to learn a second language.. and we want to start him on it early in life.  I had read that the earlier you begin teaching them, the easier it is for them to learn...
So, when we saw that they incorporated Spanish into his lessons once he is in the 4 year old class, I was pretty excited about that!  

The other day, we received a couple books for review and I was surprised that it was teaching 2 new languages!    To be honest, I had heard of Little Pim before, but I thought it was just teaching one new language at a time.  We received two Little Pim books:   Feelings and Colors.  The cool thing?  They taught Spanish and French in the same book!  


I will admit, it was easier for me working with the colors book, since I did take Spanish in high-school and remembered a little of it.      By opening the first page, I was given a quick look at how this book would work.  You first meet Little Pim and he is looking for things that are RED.  (The word is in the color red and then it is followed by the Spanish word and then the French word.  Both words are in red and both have the enunciation after it .  Like this:   red / rojo [RRo-hoh] / rouge [rooozh]

Here is where it gets fun for kids!    The opposite page is in greyscale with flaps on the pictures.  Since you are helping Little Pim look for things that are red... would you flip the flap for a firetruck? A frog?  A balloon?  Then, you have the french word for yes  with the different ways to say a red firetruck... or spanish yes with ways to say red balloon.  For the frog, we know it is green, so it says No.  This frog isn't red.  

The next page is a different scene and instead of flipping flaps, you get to slide tabs!  
The final page is a summary of the different colors that you learned through the book!  

I though it was super cute and not only was it a fun lesson with his colors, it was fun working on learning new languages!  
The other book that we reviewed was Little Pim Feelings.  

I particularly enjoyed this as I was able to talk to Broxton about his feelings more.  
We have been talking about being happy, sad, mad, and so forth, but it was nice to have this book to talk about the expressions and I once again enjoyed the illustrations of Little Pim mixed in with the actual photographs of the discussion.  In Feelings, we had pictures of kids faces.  We were able to discuss the feelings, the language, the expressions and more while reading this...


Image: NVision Photography
The best part for me is that not only do we read these together and work on languages.. 
Broxton will also sit and flip through the book without me there.  I even walked into his room this morning and he had them both on display on his easel.

If you are wanting to work with your little ones on a second language, I say to try these books and see how Little Pim can help you.    Not only has this been great for him, it was nice to have a refresher for me!  



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All About a Love Triangle - This Means War

We recently watched This Means War with Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy.
I mentioned it to my brother and he said, 'Yeah, I watched it... got a few laughs in it... You will like it."
That being said, I knew I was ready to laugh, but I had to get Marc to want to watch it...
We had movie night and I was laughing a great amount!
First of all, I just LOVE Reese!  I think she is a great actress and I love that she is a true southern girl!
I also loved that Chelsea Handler was her Best Friend in there.. She is a bit raunchy at times, but she can crack me up too!  I thought that the movie was a great one, but Marc thought it was more of a "chic flick movie."  I guess he was right, well.. okay.. yeah, he was right.. but still!  Don't tell your honey about it and just make them watch! There is a bunch of action, so you can say that you heard it was an action film!  Ha ha ha..... It wouldn't totally be a lie....
Since I enjoyed this movie, I am eager to see the list of other love triangle movies that are listed below...

THIS MEANS WAR is a triple threat film, full of action, comedy and romance! In that same vein, this feature will highlight other great films that also offer a triple threat of entertainment, including Knight and Day, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and The Bounty Hunter.

They are the CIA’s best, trained for any situation…except one. 
 Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment plays the ultimate spy game as two best friends fight for the right of one woman’s hand in THIS MEANS WAR. Starring Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), the laugh-out-loud comedy gets even better on Blu-ray with three alternate endings that answer the question – what if she chose the other guy?

Romancing the Stone
The 1984 film Romancing the Stone stars Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner as Jack and Joan, respectively. Joan is a romance novelist who travels to Colombia to rescue her sister from kidnappers who want a treasure map that Joan possesses. Joan ends up in the Colombian jungle and is pursued by the men who murdered her brother in law, but Jack, a bird exporter, saves her. What follows is an epic chase, with Jack and Joan trying to locate the treasure with their pursuers not far behind. This exciting adventure is full of action, comedy and romance, making it a perfect date movie.

Bird on a Wire
1990’s Bird on a Wire stars Goldie Hawn and Mel Gibson. Rick (Gibson) is in the witness protection program when he encounters Marianne (Hawn), his former fiancĂ©e. After Marianne accidentally blows his cover and Rick’s foes arrive for a showdown, Rick and Marianne must go on the run. Following a final fight in a zoo, a wounded Rick confesses his love for Marianne, and they marry.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith
2005’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as a married couple that lead secret lives as assassins. When both of them as assigned to the same hit, they realize the other’s profession and botch their assignment. They are then assigned to eliminate each other, but their love wins out and they decide to work together to fight for their lives. This film is packed with adrenaline, romance and comedy!

Knight and Day
Knight and Day is a 2010 film starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. Cruise plays Roy, a spy on the run, who bumps into June (Diaz) at an airport. Once aboard a flight together, June learns that the flight was filled with people wanting to capture of kill Roy and that Roy has, in turn, killed them all. Following this first encounter, Roy continues to rescue June is a series of action packed and daring escapes and shootouts. Guys will love this movie for the excellent action sequences, and women will love the complicated romance between Roy and June.

The Bounty Hunter
The Bounty Hunter is a 2010 film starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler as Milo and Nicole, respectively. Milo is a bounty hunter who is hired to apprehend his wife, who has skipped out on her bond hearing in order to chase an important story. Both Milo and Nicole are being followed by criminals and are nearly killed in an entertaining game of cat and mouse. In the end, the couple admits their love for one another following a hilarious and action packed journey.

Have you seen any of the movies mentioned in this post?
Have you seen This Means War yet?  


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3.6.12

Are You a Fan of The Glades?

Remember when I had the chance to review The Glades Season One last year?

Well, we were hooked since that chance...
I proceeded to get my parents hooked on it as well.


Season Two was great and we were anxious for Season Three....

It started tonight!!!!

Of course, that meant I was texting my parents at 8:55 

"All NEW Glades at 9!!!!!!!!!"

Once again, it was great seeing Callie, Jim and Carlos..


But, to be honest.. I wish they would have replayed the finale from season two first... 
I totally forgot how it ended...

I am not to worried, since Season Two comes out on DVD July 10th..
But still, it would have been nice! 


So, for all you other fans.. 
Get ready!!!!
I am eager to add this to my collection!!!!


July 10th!!!!  Glades Season Two on DVD!

Do you watch The Glades?  

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Breaking News in the World of Candy

Breaking News in the delicious world of candy!!!!!
Today, I have two pieces of great tasting information to share with you!
Up First :  
Did you hear the news of Mike and Ike?
I received an email about it and although I was never a Mike and Ike fan...
(Truth be told, I don't think I had ever tried them...)
I was a bit saddened by the news of their split... 
It seems as though Mike and Ike are no longer Mike and Ike...
Mike is off pursuing his musical dreams... and Ike is working on his artistry!!!

No Mike and Ike is like peanut butter and no jelly.
Ham no burger.
Ice no cream.
Koolaid no sugar..
It just is not right!

As you can imagine...
There is a heated debate going on at this house..
Marc is Team Ike all the way and Broxton is adamantly pulling for Mike!  
Image: NVision Photography

Remember how I said I wasn't a fan?  Well, that was before I tried these bits of yummy goodness!  I was able to snag a couple while Marc and Broxton had their debate and truth be told... they just need to put their differences aside... for the sake of everyone!!!!

Image: NVision Photography
You can head over to Youtube and see how much of a disturbance this has caused people everywhere...
 Even the  celebrity world is upset with it all:

Now through June 26, you can head over to the Mike and Ike facebook page and enter the TELL US YOUR REACTION contest. To enter, you have to enter a video of your reaction to this breakup news!
First place winner will win an iPod touch and Mike and Ike t-shirt. 

Second Piece of News:
Welch's has introduced two flavors of Filled Licorice.
I am not a big licorice fan.. although I have found a couple that I like and would eat from time to time...
(No, I do not think I would stop and pick these out to buy, but I would eat them if offered...)
Today, I can tell you that I would stop and purchase the Filled Licorice from Welch's.
As much as I love strawberries, I was not really sold on the Strawberry flavor.
The grape though?  Yep... that was good stuff right there!

The Welch's uses your soft chewy licorice that most people like...but they take it up a notch by adding a gooey center to it that will give the extra flavor that some look for!
I think that licorice fans will see it as a double treat, others that are not fans will be surprised by the product.
I would just hate to be the one that tries these first and then goes to a plain licorice later...
Talk about disappointment!

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For My Children - A Mothers Journal

I will be the first to admit that my mom drives me crazy from time to time...
She knows it.. and yes, I know that I drive her bonkers too...
But, I also know that I would not trade her for anything in the world and I am (still trying to deny it) more and more turning into her in some ways...

One way?
My mom always tells my brother and I that she wants a letter from us.
That is a gift that she wants... I hope in some ways that some of my blog posts are the letters she is looking for.
Recently, she decided that she was going to start a journal.

She reads me some of her posts... and I will admit that I have learned things I did not know before.
Now, I have something that I am giving her... for me ;)
I know that my mom will appreciate it for the sentiment behind it.. and I know I will love to look back at it down the road.

I will be giving her a copy of " For my children: A Mother's Journal of Memories, Wishes and Wisdom."
This is a really great gift idea... Perfect for moms/grandmothers/aunts/friends.  I think it would be a great gift to give an expectant mother as well!

For My Children is a hard back book that contains 160 pages.
Not to worry, it is not 160 pages of fill in the blanks.
Some pages have simple drawings that automatically bring a sense of peace over me.
Other pages have a simple question, with plenty of room to write.
One such question:   What can you remember as the highlights (and lowlights) from your pregnancy.
Now, that is a great question to learn the answer to, but it sure isn't one that I just randomly brought up while ordering lunch.
I love that some of the pages have lines for answers, while others are just blank.  Some pages are white while others are a cream color.
This book is one that I know I will treasure (once my mom completes it) and I know that it is a book that I want to get to fill out of my own experience of motherhood!

I think this is a great book, it doesn't matter if you have one child or 7.  If the youngest is a newborn or 60, this is a great family treasure and I hope that more parents get these to pass down to their children!

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