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Entries in holiday (12)

Sunday
Nov072010

Enter to win A Year of Discovery Store Toys Worth Over $500!

I've been sitting on this for a few weeks but I'm so happy to finally announce that I'm one of three lucky bloggers participating in the

Discovery Store Toys for a Year Giveaway

 

I know! How fun is this going to be?

Click on that little red "Enter Now" button for your chance to win 12 fabulous Discovery Store toys! Three winners will be randomly selected so you have three chances to win! But hurry! You only have 2 weeks to enter because the contest ends November 20, 2010.

What You Can Win from Discovery Store

For the next two weeks I'll be reviewing all of the toys in the prize package to help you virtually shop for every kid on your list! Browse just some of the toys below, then check back for the reviews. But remember the contest only runs from November 7th - 20th.

Family Bingo

My Discovery World Interactive Map

Sticker Maker

Discovery FRS Walkie Talkie Watch Set

Techno Gears Marble Mania Extreme

Discovery Interactive Smart Globe SE18

 Spark Talking Microscope

High Tech Rock Tumbler

Primary Science Set 

NASA Space Play Set

4-D Tree Frog Puzzle

My Web Remote Control Iron Eagle Helicopter

Discovery Store toys make great gifts for boys or girls. They offer a fun way to learn about science, geogrphy, and more. And I know a few dads who have been known to hog a remote controlled helicopter. You see those Walkie Talkie watches? How perfect would those be for the beach, the mall, or your next trip to Disney? I might keep those for myself!

Giveaway ends 11/20/10 and three winners will be randomly selected and notified the following week. See contest page for more details.

Enter now and don't forget to tell me if you win!

Good luck,

Janine

Disclosure: I received the Toys for a Year prize pack from Discovery Store for purposes to review the toys in upcoming posts and as a thank you for promoting the contest. All opinions are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to being published.

Tuesday
Dec302008

New Year's Eve with Milkshake!

Live in the DC/Baltimore area?
Need something fun to do New Year's Eve day with the kids?
Join the band MILKSHAKE at the Maryland Science Center today,
December 31, 2008 from 10:00am to 2:00pm for a great start to the New Year!

Photo by Steve Parke

I was just on the MILKSHAKE website and the Twofer started dancing right away to the songs from the Play! cd. Now MILKSHAKE has released their first DVD, Screen Play, featuring live action videos, animations and backstage interviews with the band. Bonus tracks include two videos created for PBS KIDS, and in-concert footage of the Noggin hit "Bottle of Sunshine".

Check out MILKSHAKE today at the Maryland Science Center and check back here soon for the opportunity to WIN a MILKSHAKE prize package!

Happy New Year!

Janine

Sunday
Dec282008

The Holidays are for Losing it!

While I am truly grateful to be able to spend Christmas and quality time with my family, so much time together can often mean losing it one way, or another.

Here's the short list:

Em losing it outside in the cold and refusing to go inside the last rest stop of our 8-hour trip up. "I....don't...have....to...pee!"

Me losing it Christmas Eve when the kids woke me up at 4:30am for the third time that night... "I'm just as excited as you that Santa came but...but...if you don't get to sleep you'll have a houseful of really cranky parents!!!"

Grammy losing it when she got an iPod for Christmas, "Oh no! Another thing I'm going to have to learn how to use!?!?"

The Twofer losing it in very silly way on the train to NYC after a few days with very little sleep.

And the entire family losing it after spending all day inside, and in our pajamas....

I was laughing so hard while filming this that tears were streaming down my face and my stomach hurt. I wonder if anyone else finds this funny or if it's just our family?

Have you lost it yet? If so, let me know in the comments (by 10:00am Eastern Time on 12/31/08). The best 'losing it' comment will be re-enacted using my family and my Flip. I'll email you the final product soon thereafter!

Happy Surviving the Holidays!
Janine

Friday
Dec122008

Christmas came a little early

The girls and I stopped in at our local library the other day finally return their stack of books (I stopped counting the days overdue at 5...). It turned out to be one of the book sale days when they sell used/donated books for mere pennies (well with inflation and all it's mere quarters, but still).

I look in my wallet...hmm, only $7.00 in there.
ONLY $7.00? I'll just have to make do.

As they picked through the children's books, I browsed the paperbacks and found a number of books I had been wanting to read and buying them means I won't have to worry about returning them.

The girls also found 2 mini classics, Heidi and Black Beauty that I have never actually read! So I'm excited that we will have to read together.

Our Loot

The grand total came to $8.50. I dug around in my purse, found and extra $.50 and the nice library lady let me walk. I promised her I'd slip a dollar into the little box they keep by the "for sale" shelf. Plus, I always donate the books back to the library so they can sell them again. On top of that, I'm sure my overdue fines will more than cover that dollar :).

I love the library. It's cheap. It's warm in winter, cool in summer. It's bright and inviting. It has wi-fi. And, actually, a great place to people watch.

Now if it only had a Starbucks....

Janine

Tuesday
Dec092008

Mom Central making gift-giving easier

Here is a holiday gift guide that covers everyone on your list!Mom Central's Holiday Gift Guide has everything for him, her, you, me, big kids, little kids and even pets! Price categories (under $50, under $100, over $100) make it easy to find the right priced item. Mom Central has already tested and reviewed many of these products and there are links to the reviews.

Enter to win daily prizes too!
Just register at Mom Central, then leave a comment at the Gift Guide post.
For extra entries Twitter or email your friends about the giveaways.
Just be sure to leave a second comment if you tweet or email on the post so you get that extra credit!

And hurry! Giveaways are going fast...so register and get your comments up today!
Remember to come back and tell me if you won anything.

Now, back to my shopping,
Janine