Reviews, giveaways and memes - Jumpin Beans

28.12.12

Second Honeymoon Contest @moderngreeting

If you love twitter, you are going to love the next phase of the Modern Greetings Second Honeymoon Contest.  As with the last, it is pretty simple...
Just tweet your proposal story to Modern Greetings  and use their contest hashtag:  #MGTakeUsAway
Then, visit the Modern Greetings Facebook page to complete the contest form.
This contest lasts from now (December 28th) until January 3rd! 
 
 
 
 

I don't know about you, but I do not know many people that would turn down a second honeymoon! 
We went to New Orleans for our "honeymoon"  (about 7 months after we were married) and I can name several places I would love to go on a honeymoon to now! 

What about you?  Where would you like to go?
Head on over and enter now!
***** I will be given a gift card to use at Modern Greetings for sharing their contest with you.  All thoughts in this post are my own.  *****

26.12.12

#26Acts

The Internet has been all about 26 Acts of Kindness. 
I know that I am very appreciative of all I have and I try to "pay it forward" when I can, but this Connecticut shooting has hit me... Hit me so hard.  I guess as a mom it just hurts more than it would have otherwise...
I have cried and prayed... and then cried and prayed more...

So, when I saw 26 Acts of Kindness in memory of those at Sandy Hook Elementary, I knew I wanted to participate.

So far:

1-  Helped a guy change his windshield wipers in the pouring down rain.
2 -  Walmart gift card to a stranger
3- Walmart Gift card to a stranger
4- Purchased the groceries of a stranger.   (This was done to us one year and I tell you, the feeling of being able to do that... wow...   It was AWESOME!)
5 - Bought the meal for the car behind us in the drive thru
6- Left a big tip for our delivery driver


Yeah, I Know I have only done 5, but we plan on doing more....

What makes it easier is that JDaniel4's Mom posted a list of ways you and your child can do Acts of Kindness. 

I love that you can do things that cost money... or just do things that only cost your time...

Remember to Pay It Forward, it really does feel good!

24.12.12

Special Ornaments for Those Special People #Holidaygiftguide

You know how I told you I like to give the boys a special Christmas ornament each year?
This year, I decided that Caleb would be the perfect recipient of the basketball boy ornament that I saw on the Christmas Ornaments website.
I went to their website and I had a blast looking at all of the ornaments and thinking of all the people that each one made me think of...
Christmas Ornaments website has so many ways that you can search for what you want. 
I started by looking at all of the Fairy Tale/ Nursery Rhyme ornaments... then I had to look at all the different occupations that they had listed.  Of course, with all boys, I had to venture over to sports and that was where I found my selection.

I will tell you it is a catch 22.
I think it is cute... and as soon as Broxton saw it, he immediately asked if it was for Caleb as it looks like his older brother.  
BUT - if you look at it all up close (like some people I know do)  you will not be pleased. The painting job is a bit poor... But like I said, it is only noticeable if you have it in your hands and are critiquing it.  If you have it on the tree, like it should be, it blends in well and looks great. 
Since this would be great gift ideas, I just wanted you to know, in case you had a picky person.

Head on over to the Christmas Ornaments website and check out all they have to offer!

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

23.12.12

Gift Of Christmas @ChickenSoupSoul #giveaway

I absolutely love the Chicken Soup for the Soul Christmas Books.
Well, I love them all, but these are really great for Christmas gifts! 

The Chapters Include:
All I Want for Christmas
Love Actually
Close Encounters of the Santa Kind
Deck The Halls
It's a Wonderful Life
A Few Good Elves
I'll Be Home for Christmas
Toy Story
There Will Be  Family
A Christmas Carol
Good Gift Hunting
The Star of Bethlehem

One of the great stories in there was the A Gift Not Wrapped.
It gave a positive outlook on the girls grandfather being hospitalized during Christmas.  True, during the ordeal, it was a sad occasion, but looking back, they realized that this might have been best, as the granddaddy was able to spend time individually with each family member, with no chaos!
Another good story was How to Survive the Holidays!

Now, two lucky readers (US and CAN only) will be able to read and enjoy the Gift Of Christmas.


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Think Positive for Great Health @ChickenSoupSoul #giveaway

I know that Thinking Positive will have great results... and I need to try and do it more often.
I saw that there are two books currently available from Chicken Soup and up first is:
Think Positive for Great Health
This book is to help "use your mind to promote your own healing and wellness."

The chapters include:
Your Mind and Body: Best Friends For Life
The Brain Secrets that Healthy People Know
Hope for the Best and Expect the Best
Connecting with the Right Doctor
Brain Strategies for Robust Living
Increase Your Health IQ Now
Avoid the F- Word - Frustration
Tame the Anxiety Beast

I really enjoyed flipping through this...
One thing I learned... plan to eat at least 3 meals as a family per week.
Teens don't mind it, as long as they feel they have a voice.  It helps to have that time together, but it also helps for all to eat healthier and possibly cut down on childhood obesity.

Now, two winners will win their own copy!
Contest for US and CAN residents only.

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