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24.8.12

What is Going On? Paper Coterie Makes Me Happy

Sorry I have not been around lately...
I am trying to get all of this situated for Broxton to start school.
We have had meet and greet with the teacher, we have had parent orientation night...
We have bought school supplies and all of that good stuff.
I am so excited, yes, I will be an emotional wreck the day he starts, but I am so excited for him!

In the meantime, I wanted to tell you something...
I am now an affiliate for Paper Coterie!



I am in love with this place!
We have several items from them and I have always been impressed.

I gave one of my best friends a growth chart from there...
I was able to put a picture of her son on it with his name on there...  They all loved it!

I have also ordered a couple journals from them.
(In one of them, I have tried to write down things about Broxton... but truth be told, by the time I think about writing them down, I am laying in the bed trying to go to sleep, so that never works out... but at least I have written a little in there!)

With me being an affiliate, I get to share with you different deals they have going on...


So, that being said... You ready for their current deals?


Just head over to Paper Coterie and look at all of their cute stuff.  
First time users click HERE.
Returning users click HERE.


CURRENT SPECIALS:


NEED / WANT A JOURNAL?  
(As I said, we love ours)

Now through September 2nd, enter the coupon code JOURNAL2012 and get any journal for $8 at checkout.


Looking for a QUOTEABLE?(Just ordered one, it looks cute online, so we shall see... I thought with Broxton being at that age where he talks about funny stuff, this would be perfect.)

Purchase your Quotable book and receive your copy for $12 by entering the coupon code QUOTABLE at checkout through 9/2/2012.

Everyone Needs a MEMORY KEEPER.  (We have one for when Broxton was born and I just ordered one for his K3 School Year!)

Make a fall bucket list memory keeper for $20 by entering the coupon code BUCKETLIST through August 26th.


These end soon, so hurry on over!
I was not paid to post this, but they are affiliate links.  
All opinions are my own.  

22.8.12

Stop The Texts. Stop The Wrecks


Knowing that I love Glee, I had to share this with you...
For those that do not watch Glee, still worth the read...

Washington, DC and Los Angeles, CA (August 22, 2012) – 
Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the State Attorneys General and Consumer Protection Agencies and the Ad Counciljoined with Twentieth Century Fox Television and Twentieth Century Fox HomeEntertainment to unveil new public service advertisements (PSAs) featuring scenes from season three of Fox’s award-winning television series “Glee” to educate young adult drivers (16-24) of the dangers of texting while driving.
Earlier this year, the Golden Globe winning series made headlines when a pivotal cliffhanger episode ended with a shocking and catastrophic crash due to texting and driving. Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron) was driving to her friends’ (Rachel and Finn, played by Lea Michele and Cory Monteith) wedding when a she received a text. She took her eyes off the road to read it and to type the words “On My Way” for a matter of seconds, but in her distraction she swerved out of her lane and was hit in a tragic accident by an oncoming vehicle. It was months before the audience and “Glee’s” millions of young adult viewers would know the fate of her character, but the message was clear: texting and driving can have horrific consequences.
The new television and digital PSAs employ this powerful scene to emphasize that five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting and driving – when driving at 55 miles per hour, that is enough time to cover the length of a football field. The PSAs direct young adult drivers to the Texting and Driving Prevention campaign web site, StopTextsStopWrecks.org, where teens and young adults can find facts about the impact of texting while driving and tips for how to curb the behavior.
NHTSA reports that in 2010, more than 3,000 people were killed and an additional 416,000 were injured due to distracted driving, which includes texting while driving. The “Glee” PSAs are part of NHSTA, the State Attorneys Generaland Consumer Protection Agencies and the Ad Council’s national Texting and Driving Prevention PSA campaign. Launched in October 2011, this campaign is designed to curb the behavior of young adults who text while driving, address the compulsion of this behavior and demonstrate to overconfident young adult drivers that it is not safe to text while driving.  
“Texting and driving is an epidemic on America's roadways, but these crashes are preventable. Distracted driving does not just happen, it’s a choice,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “The first line of defense must be personal responsibility by all drivers to put theirwireless devices away and keep their focus on the road, which is why we are working closely with our partners to build public awareness around this important safety issue.”
“This was a story we wanted to tell because we know the influence our show can have in starting conversations and raising awareness,” commented “Glee” executive producer and co-creator Ryan Murphy. “We were inspired by Oprah Winfrey’s campaign encouraging everyone to sign a pledge not to text and drive, which we all signed when we did her show a few yearsago, and we had been looking for an opportunity to tell the story of how a few seconds of carelessness could have a devastating impact on people’s lives. We’ve already heard from thousands of our fans how this story touched them, and we loved the idea of a PSA campaign to keep this important issue front and center.”
“’Glee’ has always told stories that speak to young people in an incredibly entertaining way, provoking conversation and raising awareness in the process,” said Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen of Twentieth Century Fox Television.  “When Ryan and the producers told us they were going to tackle this issue, we knew that beyond telling agreat, dramatic story about our characters, it could have very real impact on the lives of our viewers. We couldn’t be more proud of the work they and the cast have done on this incredible series.”
According to a new, national survey conducted by the Ad Council, there has been progress with the attitudes and behaviors among young adult drivers regarding texting while driving.  Fifty-one percent of young adult drivers report that they are “extremely concerned” about their peers texting while driving, which represents an increase of seven percent since September 2011.  Most notably, in regards to their current behavior, thirty-four percent of respondents said that they never text while driving, a significant increase from twenty-eight percent in 2011. 
“Driving is one of the most dangerous activities for young adults. Texting while driving is a distraction that young drivers can live without,” said Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, the father of two teenage boys. “Drivers of any age should be aware that texting while driving may not only jeopardize the safety of themselves and others, but it can violate state motor vehicle laws against distracted driving and result in hefty fines or loss of driving privileges.”
“We are thrilled to join Twentieth Century Fox Television, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and ‘Glee’ to unveil a new series of public service ads to further extend our texting while driving prevention messages to their vast audience of young adult drivers,” said Peggy Conlon, president and CEO of the Ad Council. “Our latest research shows a nation that is now on the right track in improving the safety of our roads, but there is still more work to be done. We will continue to broaden our campaign messages to help reduce driver distraction, prevent injuries, and ultimately save lives.”
Since 2006, the Ad Council has partnered with the State Attorneys General to address reckless driving among teens. The “Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks.” campaign effort has received more than $20 million in donated media support to date.  For more than twenty-five years, the Ad Council and NHTSA have worked together on consumer safety PSA campaigns. Per the Ad Council’s model, all of the new PSAs will run and air in advertising time and space that is donated by the media.


***** I was not required to post this, but seeing as though so many people DO text and drive...
 I thought it was worth sharing...  *****

Sprout Ratings Climb, That Means More Shows!

I know I posted this before, but I just wanted to remind everyone of the new shows headed to Sprout Monday, August 27th.  Broxton will be starting school that Tuesday, so I am excited we can celebrate the day before with a couple new shows!   I am really looking forward to seeing the new shows and there are a couple current shows with new episodes!
Also, don't forget that the Pajanimals are headed to stores as Plush Characters!  What better way to get your little one excited for bed time besides cuddling up with their favorite character and singing "lullabye"?



Olive the Ostrich     
         Olive is an ostrich with a big imagination, huge heart and a gigantic appetite for adventure! She lives in the outback with her family, but Olive is different…while her family is running, pecking and laying eggs, Olive can be found imagining herself going on exciting adventures when she buries her head, down, deep down into the sand. Written in a story book style, Olive the Ostrich is a CGI animated series where animators bring to life real pictures drawn by children. The children's artwork is used to create all the guest characters, places and objects that Olive encounters. Inquisitive and enthusiastic, Olive loves to solve problems and help people whenever she can. She'll try anything once, which can get her into trouble, but she always finds fun and inventive ways to get out of it. The show will air as part of TheSunny Side Up Show and during The Good Night Show bedtime block.

Wibbly Pig 
                     Wibbly Pig is a new animated preschool comedy series that takes the daily routine of a young child and finds humor and fun in every part of it. Wibbly simply does what children do. From day-to-day activities like getting into bed, wrapping a present or climbing a tree, to fantasy play like meeting a giant or going to the moon, Wibbly moves seamlessly in and out of fantasy play echoing the way children really interact and play. Wibbly turns the simplest tasks into a comedy routine, sharing it with his very best friend - the viewer.
64 Zoo Lane
                        64 Zoo Lane features a 7-year-old girl named Lucy who lives next door to a zoo at 64 Zoo Lane.  Each night, she is told a story by the animals. Characters include: Georgina the Giraffe, Nelson the Elephant, Tickles and Giggles the Monkeys, Boris the Bear and Molly the Hippopotamus. The cartoon emphasizes friendship and responsibility.  Each episode concludes at bedtime, when Georgina delivers Lucy into bed via the bedroom window.
Pajanimals   
                      Through their imaginary journeys, thePajanimals model the skills preschoolers need to move through their days and nights successfully.  Along the way, the Pajanimals discover how cozy and safe nighttime can really be when accompanied by friendship and songs. Pajanimals characters – Sweetpea Sue the pony, the excitable duck Squacky, the creative cow CowBella and the optimistic puppy Apollo – were designed and built by the world famous Oscar® and Emmy® Award-winning Jim Henson’s Creature Shop from original concepts by Los Angeles-based toy and clothing designer, artist Jeff Muncy (Pet Alien).  This inseparable quartet forms a nighttime community in the comfort of their magical, shared bedroom. 

The Good Night Show
         Sprout’s signature bedtime block, The Good Night Show, helps parents wind down their preschoolers after a busy day.  Hosts Nina and Star, along with Lucy the firefly and Hush the fish, mirror the healthy nighttime routines of preschoolers with activities to help them wind down at the end of the day.  This season features 26 new episodes including new themes, sand art stories, songs and stretches in addition to new age-appropriate games such as puzzles, matching and memory.  Viewers can also go to SproutOnline.com and visit The Good Night Show microsite to see videos and hear songs from the program.



***** I was not asked to post this, just thought it might be great news for some parents out there!*****

21.8.12

Healthy Foods from A to Z


I will admit, I was a bit interested to see what would be inside the book, Healthy Foods from A to Z and I tell you what, I was not disappointed!
This book is full of color and I have enjoyed looking at it!

This book does more than grabs the attention of the reader...
It shows everyone what "healthy foods" are out there..
but there is so much more...
It is a bilingual book!  I really liked that part, as we can look at it and not only discuss the food in the picture, but we can also work on our ABC's... and learn another language too!

That was also the one thing that bothered me...
I loved learning, but then I think for younger children, it could be confusing...
You see, on one side of the picture, you have the English words (with Spanish Below)
Then, on the opposite side, you have the Spanish words (with English below)
Let's grab the letter N, for Noelle

N -
Noodles (fideos)
Nuts (nueces)
Nectarine (nectarina)
Naranja (Orange)
Nabo (turnip)
Nopal (cactus leaf)
Name (yam)

Now, I think it is cool and educational on so many levels..
But, For broxton's age, I think that it might confuse him as to YAM being with the N even though it does start with N in Spanish...


Broxton has been cracking up at the book, since each page has a smiley face made out of the foods that they teach us about... He honestly could care less about the alphabet issue that is bother me... 
Case in point.. 
I have him tell me the letter on the page, then we discuss the food items that make up the smiley... 
He has no worry that the Nabo is actually a turnip, so see, it probably is just me!  

If you want to learn about more "healthy foods", learn the Spanish translation, or maybe you just need a smile to brighten your day... 


Check out the Healthy Foods from A to Z book!  
YOU will catch yourself smiling as well!


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20.8.12

Bye Bye Stress @chickensoupsoul #Giveaway


I do not know about you, but I know plenty of people that could use a little LESS STRESS.. .
I was happy to get the Chicken Soup for the Soul, Say Goodbye to Stress, as I know I can benefit from it, as can several friends and family members!

This book has 8 Chapters: 
Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy
Triumph Over Tragedy
Killer Jobs - Stress and the Workplace
Home Is Where the Heat Is
Preventing Monetary Meltdown
Emotions and Thoughts
Mind Your Stress
Se-stress Your Lifestyle

This book is like all the other Chicken Soup books we know and love, as it is filled with stories written by every day people like us, but it differs as well.
No more quotes to start the chapter off... No silly cartoons...
But, it is full of great information!
I did enjoy that the Triumph Over Tragedy has a Stress Inventory Check list included to see just where you are as far as stress levels.  Also, hey have a blocked off area with information for "signs of workplace stress."

From the Chicken Soup Site:

Manage Your Problems, Big and Small, Every Day
Inspiring Chicken Soup for the Soul stories and accessible leading-edge medical information from Dr. Jeff Brown of Harvard Medical School. We all have stress in our lives. What differentiates us is how we handle it. The combination of these stories, from people who have learned how to manage stress, and Dr. Brown's practical advice, will have you wondering what you were worried about! Who knew there were so many easy ways to manage your stress?
Keep Chicken Soup in Mind if you or a loved one might need words of encouragement.  

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19.8.12

Want A Better Body? @chickensoupsoul #Giveaway

Looking for a better body?  Chicken Soup for the Soul has a new book, Say Hello to a Better Body; Weight Loss and Fitness for Women Over 50.  Now, I am not over 50, but honestly, any words that might help, I will read!  I am sure I can not be the only one!  Now, this is a bit different than other Chicken Soup books.. No cartoons or quotes, even the size of the book has changed, but it is full of Inspirational Stories and Medical Advice

There are 5 Chapters
A Turning Point
Taking Stock
Moving Forward
Food For Thought
The Long Run

Right from the start, this had my attention:
Don't Follow Rules, Change Habits
I needed to hear that one!
It even gives you a simple "go to for measuring ... Such as 1 thumb = 1 teaspoon of peanut butter... 
Just little thing to help while you are on the go!
I have enjoyed flipping through this!

From the Chicken Soup Site: 
Weight Loss and Fitness for Women Over 50
Inspiring Chicken Soup for the Soul stories and accessible leading-edge medical information from Dr. Suzanne Koven of Harvard Medical School. Women over 50 fight menopause, creaky joints, busy lives, and other factors that interfere with their quests for weight control and fitness. These advice-filled stories from women over 50 who have figured out how to get fit are combined with Dr. Koven's practical advice and medical information. You won't have any more excuses!

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