Continued Voting for our Cute Gerber Baby

Nathan at 6 Months

There are ten days remaining to vote for our cute little boy as the next Gerber baby. You can vote daily at the official Gerber Baby Photo Search site. Nathan’s id number is 47414. Thank you for voting – and spreading the word as we vote for Nathan!

Idina Menzel’s Holiday Wishes

I have been a fan of Idina Menzel since before her Frozen fame. It was when I first heard her sing on the Wicked soundtrack that I realized her immense talent. I did enjoy the chance to hear her sing again in Frozen, but was even more excited to learn that she was releasing a Christmas album – Holiday Wishes. Did you see her trailer for this cd?

Holiday Wishes includes 12 tracks of old and new Christmas songs. I was eager to listen to them all. The songs included on Holiday Wishes are as follows.

  • Do You Hear What I Hear?
  • The Christmas Song
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside (Duet with Michael Buble)
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  • All I Want For Christmas
  • What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
  • December Prayer
  • When You Wish Upon A Star
  • Silent Night
  • River
  • Holly Jolly Christmas
  • White Christmas

What I discovered as I began listening was that the cd wasn’t what I expected. The songs I thought I would enjoy the most weren’t my favorites. I loved hearing Idina sing with Michael Buble (another one of my favorite singers) but I didn’t enjoy all the extra verses and talking on “Baby It’s Cold Outside”. “White Christmas” was lovely but it is hard to beat Bing Crosby’s original version.  “Silent Night” is always beautiful and Idina sang it very nicely but I didn’t like the embellishments at the end.

Holiday Wishes was enjoyable but I don’t know it will become one of my favorites. Perhaps that is because I tend to listen to Christian cds or instrumental cds for my Christmas music. Perhaps it was that Idina embellished a bit too much on the classics for me. Holiday Wishes was still a well-done cd and I did enjoy listening to Idina sing a variety of Christmas songs.

If you are interested in purchasing Holiday Wishes for yourself, you can do so on Itunes or on Amazon, as well as your local retailer.

I participated in the Idina Menzel Holiday Wishes album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.

Kroger: Free Herdez Sauce

Free Herdez Sauce

Today’s Friday Freebie at Kroger is for a free jar of Herdez Cooking Sauce (12 ounces). Download the coupon today and redeem by December 7th.

Tiny Print: 10 Free Christmas Cards

Tiny Prints 10 Free Holiday Cards

Yay! Here’s another free Christmas card offer! Through Wednesday, November 12th, you can order 10 free Christmas cards when you use the code 10FREECARDS at Tiny Prints. There are so many beautiful options from which you can choose! Go order yours now. Fine print is included below.

Offer expires 11/12/2014 (11:59 P.M. PT). Enjoy ten (10) free Holiday cards using the code 10FREECARDS at checkout. Postage, shipping, and tax fees may apply. Offer applies exclusively to Holiday greeting cards and is not applicable to previously placed orders, shipping, taxes, or postage. Cannot be redeemed for cash or combined with other offers, discounts, promotions or credits. This offer does not apply to add-ons (liners, trim options, paper options, envelopes, and address labels). Offer cannot be redeemed more than once per account and/or billing address. This particular offer code can only be redeemed once. Offer is only valid on Tiny Prints and is not applicable to third party or partner websites. 

Snap & 8 FREE Packages of Wipes

Snap BY Groupon

Have you heard of Snap? I recently did, thanks to my cousin, Bethany. Snap is a cash back rebate program sponsored by Groupon. It’s similar to Ibotta, for those of you who use that. There are three things about Snap that I really like.

First and most importantly, you can redeem the offers at ANY store! Second, you don’t have to have a Smart Phone to take advantage of these deals. To claim the offers, you simply have to submit a picture of your receipt. You can download the app to do so (if you have a smart phone) or upload a digital picture (from your computer, if you don’t have a smart phone). Finally, the offers are high value that are already making for some freebies!

I encourage you to sign up for Snap and give it a try. In fact, I’d encourage you to do so now because right now, you can get 8 free packages of Huggies wipes, thanks to Snap! Time to stock up at this price! Here’s how it works.

Snap Huggies Wipes

There are 4 separate offers for Huggies wipes – and all can be redeemed twice (8 packages total). Simply go to any store and pick up the packages of wipes. The offer is good for Huggies Simply Clean wipes, One & Done wipes, Natural Care wipes and Soft Skin wipes. At my Meijer, the refill packages are regularly priced at $1.99. They are also on sale at Kroger for $1.99 right now. This should also be this price at many stores, including Walmart. Buy your wipes and come home and upload your receipt to your Snap account. The $2 (for each package) will be credited to your account. Once you reach $20, you will receive a check in the mail.

There are some other great offers on Snap right now including $1 back on any back of candy and $1 back on any gallon of milk. With deals like these, I’m sure to be sharing more about Snap in the future because I always love new ways to save money – and get groceries for free!

Recyclebank: 25

Quickly earn 25 more points to add to your Recyclebank by clicking on the image above. You can redeem your Recyclebank points for magazine subscriptions, coupons and even gift cards! I highly encourage you to start collecting Recyclebank points now because you’ll be amazed how quickly those can add up.

Free DVD from Izzit

Pups of Liberty

If you are a teacher (or home schooler), you can request a free dvd from Izzit. It is completely free – no strings attached. Plus, you can request a new free dvd each school year! Last year, I requested In the Classroom with David Robinson. I just requested Pups of Liberty as my choice for this year. It tells the story of the Boston Tea Party with cats and dogs. Teachers, sign up for Izzit and request your free dvd today.

940 Saturdays…and a Review

940 Saturdays

Did you know there are 940 Saturdays between a child’s birth and the day he or she turns eighteen? On one hand, that sounds like a lot of time. On the other hand, I know those days (and years) will fly by. The past 5 months with Nathan have already flown by and I want to savor all the moments. For that reason, I was intrigued when I saw there was a new book called 940 Saturdays: Family Activities and a Keepsake Journal.

The book was written by Dr. Harley Rotbart, who is apparently a renowned parenting authority. I loved the concept of making the most of all the Saturdays so was excited to read this book. When I opened up 940 Saturdays, I was quite surprised. Let’s just say that it wasn’t what I expected.

940 Saturdays is a 2-inch thick book – and it’s blank pages for you to journal about the Saturdays. Each page has two Saturdays on it, counted by number with space for you to fill in the date and journal about what you did on that Saturday. The concept is good. I want to make the most of every day with my son. That said, the idea of journaling what we do every Saturday – mundane or extraordinary – is overwhelming.

940 Saturdays does come with a booklet insert with ideas for what you can do on these Saturdays. While it was divided by ages, I was disappointed. The booklet is simply a list of hundreds of ideas. It’s a bullet list of ideas like draw pictures, play outside, make a collage and visit the zoo. I could come up with these ideas on my own. There wasn’t anything particularly noteworthy in this list. Maybe that was the intention. Simple ideas or involved, these 940 Saturdays should be spent enjoying the time with our children.

So, would I buy this book? No. Even though I love journaling, I’d rather enjoy the Saturdays as they come without worrying about writing about them. I don’t want to be tied to a book like this because I (personally) would feel guilty missing a Saturday or two of recording. Plus, I feel overwhelmed looking at all the pages to be filled. I want to enjoy the days as they come. That said, I do appreciate that this book made me think long and hard about how I spend Saturdays – and every day – with my son.

Please note that I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Recyclebank: Ruby Tuesday Coupon

Turn your Recyclebank points into a buy-one-get-one-half-off meal deal at Ruby Tuesday. This reward normally costs 100 points, but is just 50 points for one week only!

Do the Next Thing

Do you have busy days? Why am I even asking that question? Of course you do. We all do! There are days when we are busy from the moment we wake up till the moment we go to sleep. And in my case, even before and after because my mind often refuses to shut off!

It seems I’ve had quite a few of those days lately. It’s August and even though I’m not teaching full time this year, I’ve still been plenty busy. I’ve had school music to plan, hymns to record for chapel, and faculty meetings to attend. I’ve had trips to make across the state and early childhood workshops for which to present. I’ve been helping my husband in his classroom and preparing for another year in mine. Then, there is the ever present household cleaning, cooking, dishes, laundry and grocery shopping. And most important of all, I have a baby for whom to care!

Some days, I don’t think I’ll get it all done. And you know what? I rarely do. Some days, I feel overwhelmed by the sheer length of my to-do list. Why? Because it seems for every item I check off, I add two more. Some days, I just don’t know where to begin. It is on those days that I have to remember the simple – but profound – advice of Elizabeth Elliot. It is she who said, “Do the next thing.”

Do the Next Thing.

The next thing is often as simple as washing the dishes or changing a diaper, but it is one more thing that’s getting done. It’s helpful for me to remember that I don’t have to tackle my entire to-do list in one day – or at one time. I simply have to do the next thing. When we focus on one task at a time, my life instantly becomes more manageable.

When we don’t know where to start, do the next thing.

When we feel overwhelmed by the busy-ness of day to day life, do the next thing.

When we want to give up and pull the covers over our heads, do the next thing.

When we are frustrated and discouraged, do the next thing.

Live your life one moment at a time and do the next thing.  

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