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DIY Shrinky Dinks! January 10, 2009

Filed under: Arts and Crafts,Kids,Kitchen — mommyfinds @ 6:44 pm

I was surfing around one of my fav. blogs, Parent Hacks, when I found this great idea! Do-It-Yourself Shrinky Dinks from plastic salad containers!!!

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It was originally posted at Skip To My Lou. The basic idea is to find and collect the clear salad containers you get at grocery store delis. They are #6 plastic. Your kids can color the plastic with permanent markers and punch a hole if you’ll want to hang them on anything, like zipper pulls. BEWARE! They will shrink by about 1/3.  Put the new creations on a cookie sheet lined with foil and bake at 350 for 2-3 minutes. They will curl up, then flatten. Take them out right when they flatten! You can even make rings!!

Check out the complete directions at Skip To My Lou. What a fun project on a rainy day!

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Snazzy by Go Fish-Giveaway and Review January 6, 2009

Filed under: GIVEAWAYS,Kids,Music,Product Reviews — mommyfinds @ 4:51 am
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 I am so delighted to partner with Go Fish to offer a Giveaway of their best selling album, “Snazzy!” Check out the bottom of this post for information on how to enter this FREE Giveaway!

I first heard Go Fish at the CD release party for Snazzy. I sound like a hip mover and shaker, don’t I? Instead of a New York City nightclub, this party was on the convention floor of the MOPS (Mother’s of PreSchoolers) convention. 4000 moms with no kids was a VERY receptive audience!

Far and away, the most poplar song was “The Mom Song.” The first line brought the house down:

“If you push a stroller but you’re still a Rock n Roller, your a MOM.”

The song continued with great lines that every one of us with little ones can relate to. This song really acknowledges the hard work of motherhood, but it a fun, uplifting way. You’ll cheer with excitement while having a humble heart about your job of motherhood. The MOM song rocks!

“American Kid” was another favorite. As a parent, I want my child to have pride in our country. With all our fault, America is still the best! My favorite line:

My country is the best and this is how I know: Everybody wants in but nobody wants to go!”

How awesome are the Go Fish Guys? They can even rock “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” Seriously. I fed a spider to our Venus Fly Trap and had their version going through my head. But, like their tag line says, it’s Great Music for Kids that Won’t Drive their Parents Bonkers!

“You bug me, that’s the issue. Gonna get you with a tissue.”

So, as I’m writing these lines, they sound kinda silly just read aloud. But trust me, when you have these guys rockin’ in out, acapella style, you will LOVE it…and so will your kids.

I know you are now simply dying to get your hands on lots of Go Fish CDs. Good news! If you go to GoFishGuys.com, you can buy CDs with no shipping. Their are having an awesome deal right now…buy the first CD of your choice for $15, get as many additional CDs as you want for $5!!

AND NOW, for the GIVEAWAY you’ve been waiting for!

Use the comment section below to earn entries. Remember, if you don’t leave your email or website, I can’t give you the prize. You may enter once per day! Ideally, I would love to have at least 100 entries, so pass it on to everyone you know!

  • MAIN RULE – Go to www.gofishguys.com and tell me in comments one thing you learned about Go Fish OR the song you are most excited to hear. (remember if this rule is not followed then no others will count)
  • 1 Extra Entry – Subscribe to my email (or let me know if you already are) in a separate comment ***Sorry friends. This option is now available on the right hand side. Ooops!***
  • 1 Extra Entry – Mark this post in one of the “add me” categories below: Stumble, Digg, Twitter, etc. Please leave your username in the post since I will be checking!
  • 2 Extra Entries – Write a post on your blog linking to my blog. Just copy the post URL into the comments section two times.

 Due to shipping costs, you must have a US mailing address.

This contest ends at 6pm PST on January 20th, 2009. I will utilize random.org to select the winner.

Come back to enter every day and remember, PASS IT ON!!

 
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The Husband Project-Mission #1-Childcare? January 2, 2009

Filed under: Books,Kids,The Husband Project — mommyfinds @ 9:34 pm
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I am SO EXCITED to be a part of the release of The Husband Project by Kathi Lipp. I will be given 5 projects to bless my husband. Yipee for BOTH o f us!

My first project is to plan a little weekend date. Yikes! My first thought is, “Who will watch my kids?” Childcare might just be the bane of our date life. So, before I can plan a date of any sort, I need to plan childcare. A few ideas:

  1. Family-My folks are always happy to watch my girls, but I feel sort of guilty asking without a prior commitment of some sort. Dentist appointment? Sure. Random date? Hmmm, maybe not.
  2. Trade Kids-We have worked out a deal with another couple. One Tuesday per month we take their kids and another Tuesday a month they take our kids. We try to plan a fun kids’ dinner, some games, and maybe a movie. When it’s our date night, our kids are in jammies with teeth brushed wen we pick them up! This is fantastic, but not very spur-of-the-moment, which is what I need for The Husband Project.
  3. Local Teen-When we moved about 6 months ago, we were in love with our house. We still are. But the very best benefit of our new street, just 2 blocks away from our old street, is that we have a wonderful 13 year old babysitter just two houses down. She’s young enough that her social life isn’t super packed and her rates are pretty low. If your home doesn’t include a stand-by babysitter, check with friends and neighbors to see if they can recommend anyone. Check with your local church to see if they have any teens trying to raise funds. You might even call your local middle school for suggestions.

I’ve got my lovely neighbor girl lined up to watch my girls for a couple of hours! Yipee! First step of date planning is well under way!

What are your childcare tips? How do you plan a date night?

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Here’s a Method that is Helping Mommys Save Their Sanity December 22, 2008

Filed under: Kids,Music — mommyfinds @ 10:37 pm
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Go Fish

Go Fish

If I have to listen to, or worse yet sing, On Top of Spaghetti one more time, I might go postal (do people say that anymore?) Veggie Tales, Barney, you all make me want to hurl.

Go Fish Guys? They Rock! Their tag line says it all, “Music for kids that won’t drive their parents bonkers.” Totally true. I even listen to the CDs when my kids aren’t around. Go Fish Guys are THAT great!

One of the first Go Fish Guys songs I heard was The Mom Song:

If you have little ones, you may have laughed until you cried! All of their songs are acapella with percussion. It’s amazing the different sounds 3 guys can make.

They even rock “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” Seriously. If your kids ask for Go Fish music, you’ll be delighted. If you find yourself singing these songs, you won’t mind.

Go Fish Guys also have a fun DVD filmed at a fair with lots of animals. It cracks me up and keeps my kids entertained. Their Christmas CD SNOW is wonderful, too. I have it on right now!

If you head to the Go Fish Guys website, you’ll find they have free shipping every day and most of their products are $15 flat, much less than most CDs these days!

Enjoy a little music, and hey, your kids will like it too!

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Bribe or Battery: Best Ways to Get Your Kids to Clean Up

House Fairy

House Fairy

I don’t know about you, but I’ve picked up my last toy. I am not a maid service or garbage collector. Who raised these kids, anyway? House Fairy to the rescue!

The House Fairy is a pretty simple system to motivate your kids to keep things tidy. The House Fairy is Santa’s sister, who flunked out of tooth fairy school because she was too sloppy. She cleaned up her act and now gives prizes to kids with tidy rooms!

This site has videos to explain the concept and to motivate your little ones. All you need is some fairy dust (glitter) and some token prizes, or bribes. You can decide how involved to make this.

Here’s what I love: someone else can do the motivating. My girls, 2 and 4, respond much better to a sweet voice asking them to clean their rooms, rather than a grumpy mommy shouting orders. If they don’t tidy according to the “Official House Fairy Rules” the the House Fairy is the bad guy, not me.

Here are the drawbacks: Sometimes I’ve experienced technical difficulties pulling up the videos. Also, I need to stay on top of this. I need to remember to tidy and remind my girls that the House Fairy might come by soon. I have  a hard time sticking to anything, so this has proved difficult.

The lifetime membership is $15 which is totally worth it, even if you don’t use it faithfully. The House Fairy is fun and motivating, no beating or battery needed!

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