Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Flashback

I came across this old photo when I was cleaning up my computer pics. Some pictures I find hard to delete, even after I've stored them, like this one. ;)

It was so chilly they had winter coats on under there!
My now-21-yr.old was still in high school, and little man was only 1!

My second oldest son was still in high school (he's grown up and moved into his own place now). Both of the kids had winter coats under their costumes. ;)  Little man was the dragon and his brother was the Knight in Shining Armor.  The photo opps were fun, but when we got out in public, and there were other teen girls around, I noticed my older son's costume becoming less and less of a costume. First the sword and shield stayed in the car. Then the arm and leg guards were removed. Then the hood came off, lolol.  It was funny to see him embarrassed by the duds, but I get it. I remember being that age too. Now he's 21 and dressing up is fun again. He e-mailed me a phone pic of the costume he's wearing this year. And as such things go... my daughter (currently in high school) says she's not dressing up.  I hope she changes her're only a kid once. :)

A Big Happy Halloween today, to those who celebrate!

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Congratulations to Debbie L. whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the Fresh Beat Band tickets.

1st Graders Know How to Party!

Today was the holiday class party for the kids.

I tried to stay out of the kids' way, so my picture here is kind of far away.
You can see a little bit though, how the gym teacher set things up.

The teachers really went all out, and us parents did too! Before lunch time, the gym teacher put together a huge obstacle course as a surprise for the kids. Everything had a Halloween theme. There were corn stalks, witches on brooms that moved, pumpkins that were all lit up (no burning flames), etc. There were also, 4-wheel, sit-down scooter racing, timed racing (that's my boy running his little heart out in the picture above), and some other little activities that I didn't get too close to because I was staying out of the way.  It was such a treat for the kids, and they had a blast!

When it was time for the costumes,
the teacher had 24 very happy students on her hands. ;)

When the teacher came to get the kids, it was time to get the party started. Us parents walked down to help with set-up and then parade time was on!

That's my Robin in the back. His classmate was Batman.
Batman forgot his 'real' pants, but true to bat form, he adapted to the situation with ease. ;)

My 'Robin' was happy to see not one, but two different Batmans in his class. One of the Batman's stuck by his side the whole entire parade. Some things are just too good to pass up, and that partnership was one of 'em. ;) The Batman forgot his costume pants, but he didn't seem to mind at all, lolol!! I bet his mom or dad was somewhere shaking their head and laughing at just pants left behind.

"Punch me in the chest?!??!!"
Sometimes, I just stand back, and stay out of the way, lol!
The boys were giggling like crazy. I was just glad there was thick padding. ;)

Because my son had fake muscles built in to his chest, he let his friends punch him in the chest. They took turns and laughed and laughed. I guess that's funny when you're 6 & 7-yrs. old. I'm just glad there was a lot of padding. ;)

The Ring Toss was my son's fave.

After the parade we finished the day with sweet treats and games. Pin the tail on the black cat was my fave, and my son loved the ring toss.  It was a great way to spend the school day, and now we've got a long weekend to enjoy.  Soccer is over too... so the only commitment we have for the next three days is trick-or-treating, and well, that's not a commitment, that's just plain fun.

Here's to fun days at school, long weekends, and Happy Halloweens. :)

VTech Learning Toys Giveaway

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Well, I think the four toys offered in this giveaway are just awesome. Every single one of them is the right age for my granddaughter, and I know she'd love the happy, bright colors. With the holidays now here (it's official once Halloween starts, right?), I'm thinking ahead to Christmas. These would also be good, however, for any time of the year (or any occasion that calls for a gift, like a birthday!). I have a favorite, the VTech Chomp & Count Dino, but honestly, I like them all.  One lucky winner gets to take home all four!

Welcome to the VTech Learning Toys Giveaway!
Hosted By: Nanny to Mommy
Sponsored By: VTech

I'm excited to have teamed up with an awesome group of bloggers to share this giveaway for FOUR VTech Learning Toys! And ALL FOUR will go to ONE winner! This would make a GREAT Christmas gift that's why they were included in Nanny to Mommy's 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! Below you can find out more about the awesome prizes and don't forget to check out the review!

VTech® Chomp & Count Dino™
For Ages 12-36 months, RV: $19.99

· Children can learn about colors, numbers and food with the adorable new Chomp & Count Dino. Simply place one of the eight brightly-colored play pieces in the dino’s mouth and watch as he eats and recognizes each piece.

· Play in either food or counting mode and the dino responds with rewarding sounds and phrases all while introducing colors, numbers, shapes and more. Press the question button and kids can answer the dino’s questions to show what they’ve learned.

· Five shape buttons help kids learn shapes and numbers, while spinning the disc on dino’s back will play sing-along songs. The dino can also be pushed or pulled by a string for even more fun melodies.

VTech® Sit-to-Stand Smart Cruiser™
For Ages 6-36 months, RV: $39.99

· Cruise into the learning zone on the Sit-to-Stand Smart Cruiser. This 2-in-1 toy grows with children and transforms from a floor play toy with detachable steering wheel activity panel to an exciting ride-on toy.

· The interactive steering wheel features driving, learning and music modes with more than 80 songs, sounds and phrases that introduce animals, opposites and first words. Turn on the engine, move the gear shifter or press the horn to hear realistic driving sound effects.

· Children can pretend to drive to six different fun locations with arrow buttons teaching the concept of direction and road safety. Attach the steering wheel to the cruiser and it becomes a fun ride-on toy.

· The Sit-to-Stand Smart Cruiser also has a fun front activity panel and under seat storage children can fill with small toys for more fun on the go!

VTech® Grow-Along Music Center™
For Ages 12-36 months, RV: $29.99

· Children can pretend to be musicians and sing along to the music with the Grow-Along Music Center. As they sing into the microphone, five colorful lights correspond to children’s voices, or they can play with wacky voice-changing and amplifying effects.

· Rock out with three instrument buttons that play guitar, drum and saxophone sounds. Five animal piano keys introduce kids to instruments, colors and animals. Kids can choose between Learn & Play mode and Sing-Along mode to become learning super stars!

VTech® Smart Shots Sports Center™
For Ages 12-36 months, RV: $39.99

· Parents can cheer on their little sports stars with the Smart Shots Sports Center. This electronic sports center features a soccer goal and basketball hoop for a fun 2-in-1 experience.

· Kick the soccer ball into the net to hear fun sounds or toss the basketball into the hoop and the magic sensor will count up to ten each time a basket is scored.

· Three buttons introduce shapes, numbers, opposites, sing-along songs and more. Turn the gears or flip the page to hear fun phrases and sounds. The sports center also features a light-up screen that plays a variety of fun animations and shows numbers, shapes and letters to reinforce learning.

Make sure to keep up with VTechKids on Facebook and Twitter.

And one lucky reader wins them all! Entry is SIMPLE! Just follow the prompts on the Rafflecopter below. Open to US only, must be 18+ to enter.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: It's Definitely Fall

There are definitely indicators that it's Fall.

My daughter applied her Halloween nail decals.

And we went and got our pumpkins over the weekend.
Notice how my son took his wagon ride from his cousin, hahaha
People wondered if they were twins which is funny since they are a year apart in age.

There's also bare trees, an exposed, long-ago empty bird nest for us to see, leaves all over our yard, the smell of burning leaves in the neighborhood, the Halloween school party is tomorrow, Halloween is the day-after-tomorrow, and no one is wearing shorts anymore. Yep, it's definitely Fall!

I don't mind a bit, there's always tons of fun things going on this time of year, just so long as it doesn't get too cold to do 'em. So far, so good. :)

Also a note: Since many of you are hopping around for Wordless Wed., why not head on over and See Coach Daddy (Eli)? He's got a fun blog post up today that you can only answer with a 6-word response. No more, no less.

The question this go around is: How would you spend Hermit Day? I've got my answer up...and I'd love to see yours. :)

Happy WW, and Happy Fall Y'all (ha! I've always wanted to say it). :)

Cariloha Softest Night's Sleep (Bamboo Sheets #Giveaway!)

Disclosure: Mail4Rosey did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize delivery.

I know Bamboo is all the rage right now, but I have never experienced it in bed sheets. We do have some Bamboo washcloths that are oh so soft! Judging from the review below, the sheets seem to be so too. I like a nice quality of sheet, and of course, the softer the better. I'd like to have a set of these for me and hubby, and I'd like to have a set in my daughter's room too. These just look and sound nice!

Welcome to the

Cariloha Softest Night's Sleep Holiday Sweepstakes

Sponsored by Cariloha
Organized by Budget Earth
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Want to make bedtime as amazing as possible? Make snuggling in bed that much more relaxing with super soft bamboo sheets from Cariloha! What makes these sheets so amazing? For one, they are twice as soft as 1,000 thread-count Egyptian cotton. Not only are they soft, but are 3 degrees cooler than cotton, allowing you to stay cooler and more comfortable at night. Best of all, they stay soft after washing, giving you cuddly soft sheets every time. To round them out, they are cheaper than Egyptian cotton and cashmere sheets! Who knew spoiling yourself could be eco-friendly and more cost effective? To learn more about these amazing sheets, make sure to head over to Budget Earth and read their Cariloha Bamboo Sheets review! Love the idea of owning a set of these sheets? Budget Earth and some of their favorite bloggers are excited to be giving away a set courtesy of Cariloha through this fantastic giveaway! One very lucky reader will win a Queen or King set of Cariloha Bambo Sheets in their choice of color ($179 - $199 value). To learn more, make sure to read the rules below and then enter through the Rafflecopter! Cariloha Softest Night's Sleep Holiday Sweepstakes
  • One lucky reader will win a Queen or King size Bamboo Sheet Set.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Enter to win a Platino Plus Slow Juicer and Sorbet Maker

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I like store-bought juice, but I like homemade juice 9,999,999 times better. I'd love to be able to serve the kiddos fresh juice with their breakfast, and I know with this in the kitchen, they'd have fun helping me whip it up too. As for the sorbet, well I haven't had sorbet since I was a child (my grandfather used to buy it). I'm well overdue to have some on my plate...or in a bowl, as the case may be. ;) One lucky winner is going to get the chance to make both, whenever and however they want to make it.

 Prize Value: $200
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Holiday Of Surprises Giveaway Event Week #2

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It's time for the second installment of the annual Holiday of Surprises Giveaway Event that I participate in each year with Bill from Holiday Contest and Sweeps. There's some nice looking items on the list, and I was excited to see the Almondina: I love those little cookies!! We're gearing up and getting ready for the holidays, and this is a great way to get it started. :)

Holiday Of Surprises Giveaway Event Week #2

Welcomes You To The

Holiday Of Surprises Giveaway Event Week #1

1 Grand Prize Winner

Super Size your Thanksgiving  Decorations with this Thanksgiving Turkey Inflatable for indoor or outdoor use.  Forget the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, you can now have your own Giant 6 Foot Turkey Inflatable this year to help celebrate Thanksgiving right in own front yard!
This Gemmy Air Blown Inflatable Thanksgiving Decoration comes with built in Heavy Duty fan, internal lights to create a glowing night-time display, yard stakes, stand and tethers.

  • The skeletons turn their heads and brandish their swords.
  • Self-inflates in seconds
  • Weather-resistant material
  • Deflates for easy storage
  • Includes everything needed for set-up
  • A complete Halloween scene in one

This 50” Gentle Spirits® outdoor windchime is a striking piece that will creatively adorn your outdoor space. Made with aluminum alloy pipes and UV resistant nylon cord, this chime is built for the outdoors. Hang it from a tree, deck or porch, and enjoy!
Overall Length (Inches):50-inch
Number of Tubes:6
Hand-Tuned to Scale:B
Length of Longest Tube (inches):26 1/8"
Weight:11.00 lbs
Brand:Gentle Spirits®

 This 50” Gentle Spirits® outdoor windchime is a striking piece that will creatively adorn your outdoor space. Made with aluminum alloy pipes and UV resistant nylon cord, this chime is built for the outdoors. Hang it from a tree, deck or porch, and enjoy!

300 Indoor / Outdoor Icicle Light Set.

 We've created this gift box especially for the person who loves variety. Almondina's® Assorted 8-Cookie Gift Box includes two bags of The Original and one bag each of our other six delicious flavors, all packed in a beautiful gift box with a ribbon.
Share the taste of natural goodness with The Original - full of crunchy almonds and plump raisins, AlmonDuo® - the irresistible taste of almonds and pistachios, Cinnaroma® - for the cinnamon lover, Gingerspice - with zesty chunks of flavorful, real ginger, Anniversary™ - the Original with a hint of anise,Sesame - exotic roasted sesame with almonds and raisins andChoconut - a rich tasting chocolate cookie. Each Almondina® biscuit is unique and has no cholesterol; no preservatives and no added fat or salt. Your gift recipient will enjoy trying them all!  read full review.

Deck the halls and celebrate the season with this holly jolly assortment of TVs merriest moments from 12 of the most beloved shows of all-time!  Whether you're singing carols with the Partridges or bah humbug-ing with the Bundys, this DVD collection is the one stocking stuffer you can enjoy all year long!

 4-Movie Holiday: If You Believe/Pilgrimage Play/Great Rupert/Christmas Carol

Don't find yourself in the dark during an emergency. Illuminate shadows with a few minutes cranking of the handle. It's perfect for the home, car, boat or campground and features versatile search light and lantern settings. A comfortable, easy-grip handle and hanging hook make it a cinch to carry and hang.
• Use at home, in the car or boat, or while camping
• One minute of cranking yields 30 minutes of light
• No power source needed
• Use as a tabletop or hanging lantern
• Use as a search light
• Encased in plastic and rubber material for reliable use, even in inclement weather
• Lightweight and easy to carry

 Family Finest Pizza and Cookie Kits

Make-N-Bake Pizza Paks ... Turn Pizza Night into Pizzazz Night!

Our Make-N-Bake Pizza Paks include everything you need to turn boring pizza night into pizzazz night! Each pizza pak includes ingredients to make four personal homemade pizzas: authentic pizza dough, Italian pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and tangy pepperoni. To find the fresh taste of your next homemade pizza, look no further than the Dairy Aisleat your local Walmart store, we're better than any frozen pizza you'll find!
Family Finest Make-N-Bake Pizza Paks are perfect for: after school snacks, Friday night family parties, college dorms, sleepovers, pool parties and appetizers. Easily make one to four homemade pizzas at a time with our convenient re-sealable cheese, pepperoni and sauce packs.

With all the delicious holiday treats and meals coming we all want to keep a watch
on out weights. Nothing will do that better than the Eat Smart  Precision Max
View Digital Bathroom Scale. 

 EatSmart Bathroom Scales are super accurate, easy to use and uniquely designed to perfectly match the decor in any home. Our scales are engineered to the highest precision standards to provide you with consistently reliable products. Stop guessing your weight and let our scales help you get serious about your fitness and weight loss goals.

The EatSmart Precision MaxView is versatile, easy to use and great for any home. Simply step on the scale and in seconds you'll have an accurate readout on the Eat Smart's over-sized 4.5" LCD display, one of the largest on the market today.  The sleek, modern design complements any surrounding and weighs up to 400 lbs.

 Named The Best Barbecue Sauce in Kentucky in the
July/August Issue of Every Day with Rachel Ray.

With numerous barbecue awards under it's belt there is no wonder why
your meat falls right off the bone when you try Bourbon Q Sauce on all
of your meats this Holiday Season. 
Kentucky Bourbon Q presents you with a collection of gourmet sauces born in the U.S. A. Winner of world championships, national awards and regional contests, Bourbon is proud to introduce a collection of sauces that is the reason it has won so many national awards.

This Gift Box contains the following selections of sauces.

*Mango Chiplote "Chicks Dig Me" Barbecue Sauce
* Not Made in China Barbecue Sauce
*Pappy's Moonshine  Madness  Barbecue Sauce

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