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Thursday
Mar142013

Look what I found in my Campbell's Soup

From soup to nuts...and bolts?

The other day I heard this clank right out of my Campbell's soup can as I was pouring it into a bowl:

RIGHT?!?!

Of course I immediately posted on Facebook and everyone started telling me I would soon be a millionaire!

Wait, what?

How does a bolt in my soup translate to a windfall of money?

I didn't eat it.

I didn't chip my tooth on it.

I wasn't emotionally scarred.

Yet for some reason people assumed I would, what? Call and threaten Campbell's because, you know, nothing bad happenend but it could have?

That's not me.

I'm not on this Earth to drum up trouble.

I immediately called the number on the can and reported it. Within a few days I received a prepaid envelope (to send the bolt in for evaluation) as well as a collection of Campbell's coupons that cover above and beyond what I spent on the original can with the bolt in it.

Some of those coupons will go to people needier than me.

That makes me feel like a millionaire.

What's the strangest thing you've found in soup?

Janine

Tuesday
Feb122013

Easy Last Minute Valentine's Day Cards Using Glow Sticks

Need a last minute Valentine's Day craft or card idea that does NOT includ candy but still leaves kids with a little surprise?

Last year we had a huge hit on our hands with this card.

This year, we decided to try something new.

I Hope Your Day Glows Valentine's Day Card

 

Glow stick can be removed and worn

Item's you'll need:

card stock (red for the heart another color for an arrow)

tube of mini glow stick bracelets (I found a tube of 25 for $1 at Michael's)

scissors or cutting tool

stickers, stamps or glitter to decorate

doilie (optional) to glue to the back of the card for additional decoration

Hope your day glows!

How to assemble the card:

Create a heart with 4 to a page in a Word document then print enough for the entire class (and teacher) onto red card stock

Make marks where the glow stick will go in and out in the heart

Decorate the heart and address the cards around the area where the glow stick will go (I thought adding a doilie to the back of the red card and having the edges a little frilly would be cute but my daughter nixed it)

Use a scissors or Exacto knife and cutting board to score an X on the spots marked for the glow sticks.

*TIP - score the X's farther apart so the card bends less when you put the stick through

My daughter then used a pencil to poke a cleaner hole through the X

Be careful not to bend the glow stick when you insert it through the holes or it will activate the glow!

Use another color card stock to make arrow tips - either another smallter heart or a triangle and tape these to the tip of one end of the glow stick

Add the glow stick bracelet connector (comes in the tube) to the other end

Kids can pull out the glow stick, activate the glow, then connect the two ends around their wrist to wear it home!

 

Wednesday
Feb062013

The Woman Who Made it My Duty to LIVE Life

This is Susan.

She left us, way to early, one year ago today.

She blogged here.

She made an impact here and here.

For the two or three years that I knew her, and through her ability to share what it was like to LIVE with cancer, I realized that it's my duty,

no matter what is going on in my life

despite whatever struggles I have

despite whatever worries or stress I have

that as a healthy person,

I MUST LIVE, truly live and embrace every single day.

Money is money.

Stuff is stuff.

What matters most to me are the people I love, and being able to really BE with them. To embrace each day, whatever it brings. To LIVE each day, each moment to it's fullest. Good. Bad. Ugly.

It's life.

And one day it will be gone.

I want to look back on my life, however long or short it is and see that I spent more time being thinking about what I'm grateful for, than thinking about what troubles me.

I want to be at peace because I chose to be happy.

I owe it to myself, to my family, and I feel that I owe it to Susan who no longer has that choice.

But when she did, she chose to LIVE.

Please consider donating to these organizations in honor of a Susan:

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation: http://www.ibcresearch.org/

Crickett's Answer for Cancer: http://crickettsanswerforcancer.org/

Janine

Friday
Jan252013

Is Your Child Having Trouble Staying Asleep? Knock them Out!

How to help your child fall and stay asleep

One could interpret the term "Knock them out" several different ways. Some people might think I'm referring to some kind of corporal punishment - I AM NOT.

Some people immediately think - "Oh, drug them!"

I AM NOT.

I AM referring to my favorite Knock Knock Good Night Playtime Note Pad that has helped my kids in the past to fall asleep, and stay asleep with good dreams.

Every once in a while a friend complains that their child is either having trouble falling asleep, or is waking up in the middle of the night with nightmares. This will be my officla go-to link from now on because I've referred these note pads on several occasions.

For one, I LOVE that they prompt kids to look back at their day. Then they are prompted to think about what they want to dream about AND how they envision the next day is going to turn out. I always feel like if you think positive, it will be positive. Or at least you'll go to bed thinking it will be and you'll get a better night's sleep!

Make Your Own or Buy Knock Knock

Try this - encourge your child to keep a journal next to their bed and each night you can sit with them and ask them certain prompts. You can use the Knock Knock prompts, or try some of your own. The key is to help get them set up for a good night of sleep so keep it light and positive.

Want to buy the pre-made note pads?

You can find Knock Knock Good Night Note Pads at Amazon.com

Sweet dreams!

Janine

 

Disclosure: I'm not working with Knock Knock in any way, but some links are affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

Thursday
Jan172013

Making Space for Twins - Should we get bunk beds or give them their own rooms?

Tween Twins Need Space

As we accept the fact that we officially have "tweenagers" we are accepting the fact that their room may just be too small for them. We do have two spare bedrooms, however, my home office is in one and the other is fairly small and used regularly by my mom when she visits.

I have thought about turning the smaller bedroom into my office and getting a futon for Grandma when she comes. Then the girls could each have one of the other two larger rooms. On the other hand, I'm not ready for all that furniture moving and buying. The idea of just getting them bunk beds is appealing. Plus, I found this really cool, modern looking bunk bed at Tesco direct and I'm wondering how much shipping would be.

Modern Bunk Beds

Certainly bunk beds would create more space to add a desk, a reading nook, or an extra bookcase for storage. On the other hand, they still need to share dressers and a closet for all those tween girl clothes!

Are They Ready to Separate?

Here's the issue with separate rooms. They have only ever known what it's like to share a room. For most of their life there has been another living, breathing, sometimes snoring, but always comforting presence right next to them when they go to sleep. I'm not so sure both of them are ready to fall alseep on their own.

They don't talk a lot or anything but still. I'm curious if having separate rooms would be a difficult transition for one of them in particular. She actually has said she does NOT want to 'sleep alone' while the other has expressed an interest in going to sleep away camp.

Polar opposites.

As usual.

What have you other twin parents done? If you HAVE the space, do you let them have their own rooms?

Janine

Disclosure: This post was provided by Tesco direct though all opinions are my own. Also, this whole bunk bed / separate room discussion is really and truly happening right now - mostly in my head but only because if I tell the girls we're moving on it (whatever direction) they will expect either new rooms or new beds tomorrow.