2012 - My WAHM Plan

Jump start your New Year Goals with eMeals


One of my biggest goals in the New Year is to shake up my family meal plans. The often asked question "What's for dinner?" will be a little bit easier thanks to eMeals



Happy New Year

Have you heard of eMeals? 

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Happy New Year!



Wordless Wednesday-Noel



Christmas small town
Franklin, TN.

Club Penguin 1-month Membership Giveaway



The kids are getting out of school for the most wonderful time of the year. I am happy to share another great boredom buster with you from my friend over at MyUNEntitled Life: A one month free membership to Club Penguin!

Read her review below and enter to win!



My children love Club Penguin. We've had a Club Penguin Membership in our house for years, since my son was 9 I believe. You set up a username and password and the children can log in to play. It is the number one virtual site for children. It is advertising free and there is an area on their site that is free to children. They are not allowed to share their information with other players and they have monitors who make sure the rules are followed. It's nice to be able to let kids play online, watch them have fun and not worry. My first child played it for many years. He's older now and has moved on. My younger son is now playing and my daughter is too.
My daughter just logged in and has been playing a lot lately. Especially now that we are out of school for the holidays. Interested in trying Club Penguin for your own family? You can thank Disney for giving us 3 one month memberships to giveaway to our most loyal fans. Enter below to win! Thank you Disney for providing my child a fun, safe environment for game playing and hours of enjoyment. Make sure you check out my post on how Club Penguin is encouraging kids to give in their own community!
To date Club Penguin has given $9million to various charities around the world.

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Club Penguin has provided me with a membership for my child for me to review and giveaway. This is my opinion of Club Penguin and their programs and it may differ from yours. Club Penguin is responsible for the prize fulfillment and not the bloggers.


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Prayers and a Pledge

 
So many worlds were forever changed last Friday. Even though my home is states away from Newtown Connecticut, I can almost see it; and the people in this beautiful New England town having spent a summer in the area years ago. 
  I wish I could have attended the candle-light vigil last night in Charleston, CT. to show my support.

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courtesy: foxnews.com

 
I have felt helpless in the wake of this tragic, ugly event.
Yes, I have prayed and cried and gasped in horror and grieved right along with the rest of the world, but until this morning I felt powerless to do anything of true value.
 I had no plans to write about my feelings, because, honestly, this tragedy isn’t about me.
  And then it came to me - yes it is about me in one small but meaningful way. I am a Mom raising future Moms. 
 
Parents- this is our call to action!
 
 I can’t change the whole world, but I can change my part of it.  
 How?
 
The very best and most useful thing I can do for this grieving town full of families just like my own is to be a better me.
 Make my world- right here, in my home, on my street and community, in my children’s school, in my relationships with every single person I come in contact with starting right now: Better.
I can be a brighter light in this dark world and in turn I can enable my children to be bright lights as well.
 
It is the only true gift I have to give.
 
If we all went forth from this moment on with love and kindness in the fore-front, wouldn’t all our worlds be a brighter place?
 
You are in our thoughts and prayers Newtown.  We will light a candle for you on Christmas Day and I pledge to be a better me from this day forth.
 
 
 

Wet Ones Sticky Situations Facebook # Contest

Have you ever found yourself on a field trip with several classrooms of 4th graders and nearest bathroom is a long hike towards the exit?
 
Yes, life’s sticky situations happen to us Moms with older kids too. 
Field trips where the kids got lots of hands on experiences, like petting live-stock and feeling soybeans is a perfect place for Wet Ones!



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Ms. M and class feeling soybeans

 
 
Here are some tips for your next field trip.
1. Make sure your purse/backpack is stocked with Wet Ones and an extra “trash” bag to toss wipes in case no trash can is near.
2. Try to be calm and not freak out when you see a child getting ready to stick their grubby hands on their face and offer them a wipe first.  Some kids will do something gross just to get a rise out of you.
3. After your group is done with the activity, ask them to form a line, hand them a wipe (don’t let them pull one out themselves) and then have them toss it in the trash bag.
Easy –peasy field trip clean up!
Do your kids get in sticky situations too?
 
 
 
Wet Ones is giving us the opportunity to share all of the Sticky Situations we have found ourselves in and tips on how to deal with them through their Facebook Contest!
Simply log on and share your story and tips, and you can be entered to win an iPad Mini
 
 
 
 
or Six Flags Tickets!
 
 
 
I just entered, it doesn’t take long at all,  just go HERE  to enter!
 
Good luck!
 
 
Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Wet Ones. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Giveaway- Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two


The great giveaways just keep coming here in this wonderful blogging world! This review and giveaway is hosted by my blogging buddy over at My Unentitled Life. If you aren't a fan of her blog yet, you soon will be! Enjoy the review and enter to win!

Her Review and Giveaway Link:

I was so excited when Disney contacted me about doing a review of Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two. It is available on all the major gaming systems, xbox 360, wii, ps3, and coming in January on Mac and PC! I chose it for the wii and the kids and I played it this morning. It was so much fun. Mickey is painting his way through the world and making changes as he goes.




In Epic Mickey, Mickey was trying to use his powers for good to rebuild the Wasteland, the world that was forgotten and ruled by Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Now somethings changed Wasteland and only Mickey and Oswald working together can help save the home for forgotten toons. Unleash the power of these two superstars and find out if they can save the town for the toons. Save them in Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two.




I excitedly got it out of the box with the cheers from my children playing in the background as inspiration to get it opened and begin playing.  Once opened and put in I found a cute little intro video walking me through the reason we were there and what our mission was. I used my wii remote to move Mickey through the world and paint rocks to extend the walkway. I noticed the resemblance to Fantasia as the brooms and mops were walking around all through the game. It was great fun as I had to find Mickey's paintbrush so I could continue the game. The kids were loving it too. I left them too it after playing it for about 20 minutes. They played it so much that day I had to make them turn it off and go outside for a few minutes! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Enter to win Oswald's hat and the Epic 2 Mickey game! Good luck and if you get the game let me know what your kids think about it.


Enter below to win Oswald's hat and the Epic Mickey 2 game for your gaming system! He has some really big ears.  Oh and you can win the game Epic Mickey 2! Enter to win!!



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My UnEntitled Life was given Epic Mickey 2 as a review/giveaway item from Disney. It in no way effected my review and this is my honest feeling of the product. My opinions may differ from yours!

The Greeting Card Cut List

I have always enjoyed the giving and receiving of Holiday Greeting cards. I am a classic; less is more kind of card sender; preferring to send a festive card with a short hand written note inside.As I sat down to start on my cards this week, I realized I needed to re-vamp my list completely since my master list was riddled with notes beside almost every name.
 
It was time for the Greeting Card cut list.
 
 I don’t enter into this area lightly, because I know how I would feel if I were off the list. But wait a minute, I think that shipped has sailed if my notes are any indication!
Over the course of the last 3 years, we have received more e-cards from friends and family who once sent out mailed cards. Is this just a product of our societies need for all things “online”? Is it the downed economy? Have we Kinsman’s somehow fallen off the short list of worthy stamped greetings? Maybe, probably and I hope not!
 
The point is I feel obliged to follow the path in front of me and do my own form of cutting.
 
Here was my method:
If we haven’t heard from you in any form or fashion, like you have fallen off the face of the earth in 4 years: you are cut completely.
If you always thank me for my Christmas card in your e-card on my birthday in May:  you are cut from my mailed list and bumped to e-card status.
If you have never us sent a mailed card, preferring e-cards, but haven’t sent me one in 2 yrs.: you are cut from my mailed card list, put on my e-card list, but only for this year.
If you send us your annual newsletter, complete with a call to donate to your charity: e-card!
If you sent us an e-card last year: e-card.
 
Did making these cuts make me feel Grinch-ish? Nope, it was liberating! 
My new Greeting card list is clean and tidy and shows me that I have a nice balance of mailed cards at 60% and e-cards at 40%.
How does your Greeting Card list look? Is it time to update it?
Have you had to make cuts as well?
 
I'd love to hear from you!
 
 
 


                                        

Kidorable Giveaway

 
Are you still looking for last minute gift ideas for kids?  I'm excited to share a company that just might have what you are looking for!
 
 
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Kidorable transforms everyday, functional kids accessories into objects that excite their imaginations and enrich their lives at play! That is why they have made Baby Costcutters 2012 Holiday Gift Guide!
 
We all like to look our best, including our children. My girls are all about accessorizing! Kidorable has got that covered. From rain-wear to backpacks to knitwear and towels, Kidorable helps to keep your child's individuality alive.
 
This is a perfect Holiday Gift! After you enter this giveaway make sure to check out the Kidorable Facebook Page! They are having 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways...today will be Day 9.
 
 

One lucky reader will win their choice of style of a Knitwear Set {knit hat, scarf, and gloves} and a Backpack!

Giveaway Ends Dec. 21, 2012, at 11:59pm est. Must be 18+ years of age to enter. Open to US Only.

Harlem Globetrotters- Nashville, TN.

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Courtesy:Harlem Globetrotters
The Globetrotters play at the Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN. on Jan 13, 2013 at 2pm!
Looking for an awesome event the whole family will enjoy?  Get your tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters brand new "You Write the Rules" tour. 
Your family's smiles will start before you even get to the game as the Globetrotters take kid participation to a whole NEW level.  Your family can vote atharlemglobetrotters.com and decide rules for the game that could affect the final outcome. 
With rules like double the points for every basket, and two balls in play at the same time, there's an exciting rule that every kid will enjoy. 
After the game, Globetrotter stars will stay on court to sign autographs and take photographs with your kids. 
The only thing better than finding an awesome event for the whole family, is getting a great deal on it!  Use the promo code "USFAMILY" when you buy tickets for your family to save $7 on each ticket purchased http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/tickets*. 
Get ready to experience the show your family will remember for a lifetime!
You can get your tickets here http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/tickets
 and don't forget to use the promo code USFAMILY to save $7 on every ticket!
*Discount available on select seating levels *
Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

$100 Target Gift Card Giveaway

Happy Holidays and welcome to the $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

I'm happy to share this great giveaway with you because I can't think of anybody who couldn't put this gift card to really good use this time of year! A special thank you to the giveaway hosts:



One lucky winner will receive a $100 Target Gift Card! 

Even if you have your shopping done, (I know some of you do), there is always snacks and last minute needs that add up quickly! If I won, I would grab another name of the Angel Tree and help brighten another families Holiday.
What would you do if you won?

Hosted by Mom to Bed by 8. Giveaway ends December 23rd at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+.
To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck.



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Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. My WAHM Plan is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.


Charmin Freshmates Review


I was selected to do a review on Charmin’s Freshmates Wipes via Vocalpoint and was sent this cute towel and box of freshmates wipes.
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Charmin Face-Tush Towel



About Charmin Freshmates:

Charmin® Freshmates® are made with just the right amount of moisture so when used with dry toilet paper, the flushable wet wipes give a cleaner clean than dry bath tissue alone. Because you wouldn't bathe with just a dry towel and expect to get clean.

No Charmin, we wouldn’t!

Our family discovered the benefits of using freshening wipes years ago, so we have certain criteria when it comes to our bath wipes. All wipes are not created equal!

Ours must be soft, lightly moist- no wring out wet please, lightly fragrant and super gentle.

Our Review:

 We have all used the wipes and concluded that Charmin Freshmates are a keeper!

I do recommend Charmin Freshmates for anytime you need to freshen up a bit in between showers and baths.

Enter to Win:


Speaking of baths, is your bathroom in need of a makeover? Would a $5,000 Visa Gift Card help? Then head on over to Vocalpoint and enter to win!

I hope you found this review helpful.

This review is sponsored by Charmin and Vocalpoint. I received a towel and 1 box of Freshmates wipes.  All opinions are my own.

Say Anything Game Giveaway

friends fun game
 

 Don't let the kiddies have all the fun this holiday season! Have some fun of your own and find out what your friends are really thinking with Say Anything!
 
 Whether you are having company come stay for the holidays or just having a get together Say Anything from North Star Games is a great game to play to have some entertainment!
This game will also help you get to know each other a lot better, so why not try it at your next Mom's Night In and invite a new Mom or two and share the fun?
 
Playing this game is super easy:
 
One person is the "Selector" each round. The Selector reads a question and everyone writes an answer. All answers must be different so, whoever displays first has that answer....you will just have to think of something else if you did not display your answer fast enough.
 
Then, the Selector will use the Select-O-Matic 5000, that would be the will looking thing, to pick which answer he/she agrees with the most. You don't let anyone see what you picked.
 
Next, everyone else uses their two tokens to put them on the answer(s) they think the Selector will pick. You don't have to put your tokens on your own answer and you can put them together or divide them.
 
Turn over the Select-O-Matic 5000! The Selector gets 1 point for each token placed on the answer she/he selected, up to a max of three. The other players get 1 point for each token they placed on the answer that was selected and the player who wrote the answer that was selected gets 1 bonus point.
Pass the Question Cards and the Select-O-Matic to the left and start the next round.

Say Anything is available at Target and Toys-r-Us.
For ages 13+ and you can have between 3 to 8 players.

One Lucky Reader will win a Say Anything Game
Hosted by: Baby Costcutters
Must be 18+ to enter this giveaway. Open only to the US. Ends Dec. 15, 2012 at midnight est.

Good Luck!! Just use the form below to enter.


Holiday Cheer # Torani Syrups Review


I was really excited to learn that I was chosen to partner with Torani Syrups again just in time for the Holidays.  
 
 

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Courtesy: Torani.com
 
 
About Torani:



Since 1925, 3rd generation family-owned Torani has been crafting great tasting flavored syrups that coffeehouses use to make their flavored drinks taste so delicious. With over 120 flavors in Regular and Sugar Free varieties, Torani flavored syrups are perfect for flavored lattes, mochas, coffees, cocoas, Italian sodas, teas, lemonades, cocktails and smoothies. Coffeehouse professionals choose Torani flavors because they are expertly crafted and made with the highest quality ingredients, like natural flavors and pure cane sugar. The Sugar Free flavors have no calories and are sweetened with Splenda. Now, Torani flavored syrups are widely available at retail so you can easily create authentic coffeehouse quality drinks at home.
 
 
I received a 750 ml bottle of Vanilla Bean and Peppermint to try and review.
In a word: Yum!  
 
My family and I love them in coffee, over ice cream, in Tea, cocoa.  Torani Syrups are so versatile, we even have a few dessert recipe ideas we’d like to try.  You can check out all the great recipes at the Torani Website 
Here are two of my favorite Torani Recipes.
 
For Vanilla Bean Syrup:
Courtesy Torani.com
 
Café Feminino Coffee
Ingredients:
  • 2 tbsp (1 oz.) Torani Vanilla Bean Syrup
  • 1 cup (8oz) milk
  • 2 shots espresso*
Instructions:
Steam together milk and Torani. Pour into a tall glass and add brewed espresso*. *Can substitute 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee.
 
 
 
For Peppermint Syrup:
Courtesy Torani.com
Iced Peppermint Latte

INGREDIENTS:
2 ½ tbsp. (1 ¼ oz.) Torani Peppermint Syrup
1 cup (8oz) milk
2 shots espresso*, chilled
ice

INSTRUCTIONS: Combine chilled espresso*, milk and Torani in a tall glass filled with ice and stir well. *Can substitute 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee.
 
The Peppermint Latte is quickly becoming a personal favorite. I reward myself with this after a good workout! It cools me down and puts pep in my step.
Don’t these recipes sound good? Want to purchase syrup or two for yourself?
Save 10% off your purchase by going HERE to print out a dollar off coupon.
 
With the help of Torani flavored syrups we can all experience coffeehouse taste on a budget! I hope you found this review helpful. Please stop by and let me know which flavor you would like to try or buy.
 
This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks and Torani. I received 2 750 ml bottles to review, however all opinions are my own.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 

Holidays- Winter Break Boredom Buster



The countdowns have begun; we are decorating, baking and making things merry and bright.

This truly is The Most Wonderful Time of the year, full of hope and peace and goodwill toward men and boredom. Wait, boredom shouldn’t be in my happy moment, but we Moms know once the novelty of new gizmos wears off we had better have some boredom busters up our sleeves to get us through school break and bad weather days.

Here is a product sure to please your elves and you’ll have some fun too! Check out Colortime Crafts and Markers.
 


Here is more about Colortime:
Since 1990, over 5 million children and adults have loved creating t-shirts, pillowcases, backpacks, tote bags, bandanas, and more for parties, slumber parties, and scout meetings with our permanent fabric markers. We have provided our customers the opportunity to entertain their guests with a creative activity that becomes a permanent keepsake. Also, we are a licensed vendor of the Girl Scouts of America. Check out our wholesale program, great for your organizations.

We also offer free downloadable coloring pages (
http://www.colortime.com/Free-Coloring-Pages-c64.html) and a "Birthday Club" (http://www.colortime.com/Birthday-Club-c85.html) with special incentives. 
 
 
 
 Want to save? Sure you do!
 
Get 15% off all orders Promo Code: 15USFG when you check out at colortime.com
 
I think we will do some tote bags. If you take advantage of this offer, please stop back by and tell me what you picked.
 
Happy, Merry Holidays to you and yours!