It’s January and the holiday season is behind us. Phew! I find that I appreciate coupons more than ever. But the one thing I’ve learned about coupons over the years is that you only really save money when you are buying something you really need and will actually use!
Now that my two girls are in Middle School, teen acne is on the radar. I like to use teen acne products as well to keep my skin clear and it makes for less clutter in the bathroom that all five of us share!
My dermatologist, Dr. Madeleine Krauss, says that if acne is mild as it is for most teens, try over-the counter acne medication. She posted about her favorite drugstore acne products and included Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash. She says that the least irritating treatment is a wash that contains salicylic acid. You can also save $1 by using this coupon for it here.
I am proud to be writing about VTech toys today as part of a sponsored campaign with Social Moms. I was always a wooden toy kind of mom but when my kids were young, I would buy a few times a year, very carefully, a “bells and whistles” electronic toy for them. It might be for Christmas or a birthday. It had to have an educational angle to it or be a toy that had longevity. And it was ALWAYS a VTech toy.
There was the Alphabet Apple. I think that was the first VTech toy I bought. The new one comes with numbers; ours didn’t. My kids liked lugging it around by the handle though they didn’t play with this as much I would have liked.
The VTech Driving Toy was gold for me. This looked fun so I bought it and it entertained my kids for a very long time. My kids loved shifting gears while steering the driver’s wheel and I liked that there was an educational element hidden as they happily drove.
PickyKidPix is obsessed with hair styling which she is learning via YouTube videos, mostly through Cute Hair Styles. She’s watched all 200+ of them. I can actually recognize the videos from the audio alone!!
She gotten quite good at complex braids and have moved on to hot styling products including curling irons and flat irons. When I told her I had an offer to try out Hair Chalk, she was all over it! “YES!”, she said. And her disdain for my blogging has moved incrementally but slightly in a more favorable position.
I am excited to be co-hosting a Twitter party of behalf of Wonder by R. J. Palacio! This is one of my favorite books of all time. I met author R. J. Palacio at an Understanding Our Differences event last year and truly think this is wonderful book to give any child, ages 9 and up. You can win a signed copy tonight too!
There is a special guest attending tonight … and mum’s the word who it is. I hope it is author R. J. Palacio! She is such a nice person that I’d love for you to meet her too!
To win signed copies of Wonder and twenty $20 gift card prizes, please go here to Social Moms to RSVP for the Twitter party. You must RSVP to win!
Date: Dec 12, 2013
Time: 4-5pm PST (7-8 EST)
We are giving away signed copies of Wonder as the grand prizes and twenty additional $20 gift card prizes!
- Five $20 gift cards will be randomly awarded to participants tweeting an invitation to their followers before the party using the #TheWonderOfWonder hashtag.
Tweet this: RSVP to #thewonderofwonder party, 12/12, 4-5pm PST! bit.ly/1be9GfB! Don’t miss this profile of the author: http://on.wsj.com/1eTUqWc
- Fifteen $20 gift cards will be randomly awarded to participants tweeting with the #TheWonderOfWonder hashtag during the party.
- Two grand prize winners will receive a signed copy of Wonder. They will be randomly awarded to a party participant tweeting with the #TheWonderOfWonder hashtag during the party.
(Please see pre-party official rules & Twitter party official rules)
Random drawing winners will be notified within 24 hours of the event on the @socialmoms Twitter page and via DM or @ reply on Twitter. Please make sure you are following @socialmoms so SocialMoms can contact you!
We hope you can join us as we talk about the importance of being kind to others! You’ll be entered for a chance to win prizes just by participating during the party. Also, we will have a special guest attending, so you don’t want to miss out on the fun!
Please make sure you follow @socialmoms, @pragmaticmom and @randomhousekids on Twitter before the party!
Youth Literature Reviews and Mother Daughter Books Reviews are back with another Kid Lit Giveaway Hop! This time around is our Holiday Extravaganza. I’m excited to be participating!
My giveaway is picture book The Night Before Christmas by Holly Hobby, poem by Clement C. Moore. I love the watercolor illustrations of this wonderful holiday classic.
If you are in the thick of holiday shopping and need ideas, I’m pulling up my gift guides from my archives in hopes they will be helpful to you.
Capability:Mom and I did two years of The 12 Days of Shopping which covered all our gift categories from kids making gifts to tutor gifts.
The 12 Days of Shopping
Saturday, December 1: Make Your Own Gifts with granola two ways. Hers and Mine.
Sunday, December 2: Kids Make Gifts Craft, Clove Fruit and Crafts.
Monday, December 3: Personalized Gifts, Hers and Mine.
Tuesday, December 4: Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom Read more…
K’NEX toys have worked wonderfully to keep my son off screens, if only for a short time. I found this in the living room, after hearing my son and his middle sister, PickyKidPix, playing together for a few hours. They don’t get along that well, so this K’NEX roller coaster is a miracle of collaborative play! This is what they built:
Do you have people in your life that are difficult to shop for? My husband fits that category. He’s a minimalist but luckily he collects a few items relating to golf. He’s particular but he collects certain golf books (I have to run them by him to make sure they make the cut) and Scotty Cameron head covers and putters.
The Life Magazine featuring Ben Hogan is highly collectable. I found one in a used bookshop years ago for a Father’s Day gift. He’d love a few more to gift to his golf friends. Read more…
This is a sponsored post and my teen actualy did make José Olé Nacho Bites on her own!
It was a hectic Columbus Day Weekend. My two younger kids played in soccer tournaments and my oldest, now 13-years-old, only had one early soccer game. She opted to miss her siblings’ seven games. I can’t say that I blame her. The Sunday games required a 6:30 am wake up time.
So we left her. In bed. She’s in 8th grade after all, so she was fine. And she slept until 11:50 am. But we didn’t leave her with any kind of meal, either for breakfast or lunch. We barely ate ourselves and had to rush out the door, barely coherent. (I am not a morning person!)
After School Snacks for Teenagers to Make
Her week of cooking camp came in handy, though. While we were gone, she found the José Olé Nacho Bites in the freezer and made them herself for breakfast — I guess you could call it brunch — eating them with plain since we had no salsa or guacamole in the house. I’d add those myself if I were eating the Nacho Bites for a snack!