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Monday, December 13, 2010

$50 Visa Gift Card Winner!!

Ohmigosh. In the history of, like, forever...something happened! I went to random.org, plugged in the numbers...and got this:

NUMBER ONE??!!!!! I've never seen THAT before!

So, that means that our winner is:

Congrats, Mami2jcn!! You've got 24 hours to reply to my email (or I'll hafta pick a new winner...) starting...

NOW!! GO! ;)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

CSN Winner!

As predicted, I'm not announcing to winner until later than I first said! It's still (kinda) morning, right?!

Okay, friends, without further ado...*insert drumroll*...I would like to announce the winner of the $65 to CSN is:

random.org gave me #20...and that was Brooke!! I'll send you an email, Brooke, please confirm you have received it in 24 hours or I'll hafta pick a new winner!!

Congratulations Brooke!! I hope you get something fabulous!

(Don't forget, I have another giveaway going on for a $50 Visa card...it's from Pull-Ups, but don't worry...ANYONE can enter...Pull-Up user or not!) ;)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Your kid pooped their pants?

There's an app for that!!

For real!! Huggies Pull-Ups has created a FREE app to help you and your kiddo with potty training!!

A long, long time ago, I was contacted by the fun people at Huggies to try out their new app! I was so excited (it came with an awesome "incentive"...a FlipCam!) to try it out! Then...life fell apart on me.

And the review got pushed to the back burner...but, what matters, is here it is now!

I put together a video to show you how much fun this app is!!

My Baby Girl loves playing with this app...and I really think the "iGo Potty" app could be a great tool for potty training!

Huggies is also offering a giveaway with this review!! A $50 Visa Gift Card, as well as a couple Pull-ups coupons (if you want them!)!

(***Disclaimer: For years (14, to be exact) I poo-pooed Pull-ups. Until I actually tried them! While I still firmly believe underpants only!! during the day, I am now a Pull-Up fan at night! Thanks for opening my eyes, Huggies!)

You get TWO entry options with this one!!

1. Comment on this post! Anything will do!
2. Tweet this (and leave a comment that you did!): Win a $50 Visa gift card from @5crookedhalos and @PullUpsBigKid! http://bit.ly/ePiZTV

Thanks Huggies, for this awesome opportunity!

Contest will run until Sunday, December 12th, at 11:59 pm. I will announce the winner on Monday! Good luck!

**Pull-Ups® training pants provided me with a Flip cam and product coupons to try out the new iGo Potty iPhone app and document my experience, as well as conduct a reader giveaway with a $50 visa gift card and product coupons. However, my opinions on the product are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards Pull-Ups® or their products.

LG Interview...Answers!

This is sponsored content from BlogHer and LG Text Ed

I have to admit, when we agreed to get The Pal his phone, we had grand plans to sit down and hash out rules and regulations. Do's and Don'ts. Must's and must nots. Turns out, that we got him a phone at what transpired to be a crazy, busy, stressful time in our lives.

What should have been a priority, got swept under the rug by fallen trees and other miscellaneous stressors. So, I was pleased to be handed an opportunity (with a deadline!!) to chat about texting with The Pal!

To say I was enlightened is an understatement. I realize he could be pulling the wool over my eyes, but I was very impressed with the sincerity and honesty that he answered these questions with. (I did have to bribe him with a treat at Perkins for it, tho...)

Without further ado, here is the interview the Pal and I had:

Via Kate:

I work with 75 teenaged girls on a weekly basis. It seems they keep the school drama and rumor mill going all night long via texting. Are boys doing this too or do the just let it go?! School bullying shouldn't follow a kid home.

Via Mrs. Werginz:

I work in a MS and girls seem to be texting pictures of themselves to boys...like in bras or even a bare breast. Ask your son if he knows he can be in major trouble if one is ever sent to him and found out about it at school?! They will take the phone and ISS/OSS may occur depend on how graphic the picture is! I just want teens to respect themselves and feel they have to do that in order to feel "cool" or "liked" by the opposite sex.

Via Lysana:

Ask him whether he's ever sent a text or a picture that he ended up really regretting because it got passed along to unintended recipients - or if not, if he knows someone to whom that has happened.

Ask, has there ever been an instance where he wanted to play a joke on someone by sending what could be a hurtful text. Also, has he ever gotten any texts that have made him feel uncomfortable and wanted to bring it to your attention. Another, is there any case where he would go to your husband (dad) before coming to you with a text he has received.

Here's what The Pal had to say:

To Kate's question:

No. Guys aren't like girls, if we get mad we *makes motion to punch*. Guys don't talk about each other.

(My input: If ever I've discovered a difference between boys and girls, it is in their conflict handling ability. He is opening my eyes to how boys can just "let it go"...where as girls carry it on. And on.)

To Mrs. Werginz question:

I know you can get in trouble. Yeah, I know you can get in real trouble. They talked to us about it in school.

(My input: I've had several discussion with him regarding different stories I've heard about teens getting in trouble legally and the implications that can have on him for the rest of his life. I think he gets it...but do teenagers really ever "get" anything completely?)

To Lysana's question:

No. *rolls eyes* Gosh mom.

(My input: I then proceeded to tell him about the young girl who sent a "sext" of herself to what she intended to be her boyfriend, but what was, instead, her entire contact list. Which included her parents, grandparents and pastor, and resulted in some investigations. That got his attention.)

To This Daddy's questions:

No, I've never played a joke...or gotten an uncomfortable text. (I told him I had...and he will, at some point, receive something that is not appropriate or comfortable...he said he would delete it.)

In response to the last part of This Daddy's question:

He didn't say much. Just smiled and shook his head...at which point I said, "I know you...you wouldn't come to any of us, you'd just take care of it yourself, wouldn't you?"

He laughed and answered affirmatively!

I then asked him if he thought parents should have the right to, unannounced, take their child's cell phone and go through the texts. I'll admit, he hesitated just a bit, then said, "Yeah. They should."

I don't doubt that he may not be telling me the entire truth...but I do trust that he has a good head on his shoulders and knows what to do if he should find himself in a difficult texting situation.

Now that I've written this, I realized we didn't even approach the driving and texting topic...I'll have to bring that up!

As a reminder, because this topic is so important for our kids and their futures,BlogHerreally wants to get the conversation about texting, sexting and safety going...both with our kids and among parents. It will match LG’s donation of .50 to dosomething.org for every comment on this post, so please give me your suggestions on questions for my son!Dosomething.org will get a $1.00 for each and every one of your comments!

Monday, December 6, 2010

65 Bucks to CSN!!!

I'll totally be honest with you here...I wanted to keep this 65 dollars all to myself. I was dreaming of the gifts I could knock off my list with 65 bucks to, essentially, anywhere!

Have you ever shopped CSN? It's incredible...tons of stores, under one "roof"...er, website, I guess! They've got bathroom cabinets and kids furniture, lighting and toys...you need it? They've got it!

Lemme just show you a couple of things from CSN...

Their site is crazy easy to navigate...and you'll find something for that special someone on your list!

All you need to do to enter is leave me a comment. Any comment'll do!!

**Contest runs through Wednesday, December 8th, at 11:59 pm, at which time I will shut off comments and announce the winner! Well, really, I'll probably announce the winner on Thursday morning!

Good luck!

(This giveaway is sponsored, in it's entirety, by CSN.)