Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Electrolux and Kelly Ripa Host "Splits For a Cause"

Indulge your virtual sweet tooth into a virtual banana split, today! Build your ultimate banana split using virtual ingredients from classic whipped cream to chocolate or caramel sauce to rainbow sprinkles. For each banana split that you built, Electrolux will donate $1 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund as part of its $750,000 commitment to help fight ovarian cancer1. Plus, you'll be entered for a chance to win the daily prize, $50 toward sweet summer treats, AND the grand prize - the new stand-alone refrigerator and freezer from Electrolux2.

What are you waiting for? Head on over to and build your ultimate sundae for a great cause, today.

1 From 6/29/10 to 9/7/10 Electrolux will donate $1 for each banana split built with a minimum of $35K and a maximum of $40K.

2 NO PURCHASE OR DONATION NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Each day you build a banana split, you are automatically entered for a chance to win an Electrolux All Refrigerator and All Freezer. Sweepstakes period: 6/29/10 through 9/7/10. Must be a legal resident of the 48 contiguous U.S. or D.C., 21 or older. Subject to Official Rules, available here. Kelly's Ultimate Banana Split Sweepstakes sponsored by Electrolux Home Products, Inc.

"Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win a refrigerator and freezer from Electrolux in exchange for this post. No monetary exchange took place."

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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Single Mother Looking for Safety

Written by guest blogger Lexi Wagner.

As a single mother, I worry sometimes about the safety of my home. I basically live alone, with the addition of my little one who I want to protect at all costs. I have set up various measures to ensure our safety and help me feel safer and comfortable in our home, especially at night.

The first thing I did is put bars on all our windows, with a couple windows being free to open with a simple button in case of fires or emergencies. This way I know that no one can break in through our windows since it will not be possible to get by the bars. The other thing I did is install a Missouri home security safes that gives an extra layer of protection around the house. Now I am able to sleep at night, knowing that my home is protected against burglary and attacks.

My family is protective of me as well and since they do not live with my son and I they look after my safety as well. The ones who live close to me will go out of their way to pass my home on their way to and from work just to check on things out. They have also purchased a dog for my son’s 1st birthday that we keep in the backyard during the day to help protect our home.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

New York City Party!

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The 11 Boredom Buster Ideas from Dr. Mary Zurn and Primrose Schools

1. Boredom Buster Jar: At the beginning of the summer, sit down with your family and brainstorm a list of activities that can be done alone or that you can enjoy doing together. Encourage your children to share their own ideas and help you decorate and label a simple jar as the family "Boredom Buster Jar." They'll feel more involved in the project and more likely to think this is a "neat" idea, if they participate in the creation and idea generation. Next, write everyone's ideas down on slips of paper and as a group decide which ones should go in the jar. Anyone in the family can pull any idea out of the jar to fight the summertime boredom blues.

2. Stories Alive: It sounds too simple, but reading is one of the most important waysto keep young minds engaged during the summer.Make reading even more fun by finding ways to bring the stories to life. For example, in the book Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran, children create a make-believe town in the desert out of rocks, boxes, and their imaginations. Read the book with your children and then challenge them to create their own town with materials they find in the backyard.

3. Art Start Box: You'll need to gather basic art supplies-child safe scissors, glue, markers, tape and construction paper. Put them in a special box along with empty oatmeal boxes and paper towel rolls, colorful magazines and bits of aluminum foil. Occasionally add a special surprise like chalk, stickers, or stamp pads so there's always something new for the children to find. Even if you normally have these supplies around the house, it's fun for children to know that the Art Start Box is just for them. They'll probably have some good ideas of other household items that can be recycled to fuel their creative energies.

4. Family Performances: Break out old clothes or costumes and encourage children to make up characters and create a play to act out. They are the directors, actors, and producers. They can also make musical instruments out of pots/pans, wooden spoons, empty canisters and have a parade; or everyone can play along to your family's favorite songs. Record or video the performances, and enjoy the replay. You'll also be capturing a bit of family history everyone will enjoy for years to come.

5. Family Dance Party: Crank up the music and encourage your entire family to boogie down. Dancing gives children a great outlet for self-expression through their own motion and helps build self-esteem. It also enhances motor and coordination development by incorporating skills like jumping, landing and leaping. Dancing is a great activity that can involve the whole family and doesn't take very much preparation.

6. Fort Building: Children love to build all kinds of structures--from small towns to large towers. Constructing forts or tents is an activity that can keep children focused and problem solving for hours. All the items you need can be found around the house- some chairs, cushions, blankets, and of course adult supervision.

7. Cookbook Fun: Have you ever shared your favorite cookbook with your children? Take it out and ask your children to choose a recipe to try. Measuring can be a fun and easy way to keep math skills fresh.

8. Summer Scrapbook: All you need for this project is a spiral notebook. Encourage everyone in the family to draw pictures of favorite activities and collect mementos from special events throughout the summer. Children love to go back through scrapbooks and albums and tell about what happened at each occasion. They will also be building their storytelling skills at the same time.

9. Listening Game: Lie down in the backyard, in the den or at the park and listen. What do you hear? Do you hear what I hear? Can you imitate the sound? This is similar to watching the clouds and naming the shapes, and it encourages everyone to slow down and focus on listening.

10. Camping Out: Pretend to campout in the backyard. Plan a meal, pack a backpack and set up a campsite. You might even decide to spend the night!

11. Scavenger Hunt: Make a list or picture cards of common household items and have your children find the items on the list. Invite friends or neighbors to join in the fun to make it a competition.

To find other great tips for parents, check out Dr. Zurn's blog at For more information on Primrose Schools, please visit

Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win a gift card in exchange for this post. No monetary exchange took place.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Recipe: Grilled Shrimp with Pineapple And Melon Salsa

Preparing Time: 45 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Servings: 4

Grilled shrimp is perfectly accented by this light, summery pineapple-melon salsa. The flavors are bright and fresh, just right for a hot day. Use just one melon or any combination of melons—including watermelon—for the versatile salsa. For best flavor marinate the shrimp overnight.

Make Ahead Tip: Marinate the shrimp (Step 1) for up to 24 hours. Cover and refrigerate the salsa (Step 2) for up to 4 hours. | Equipment: Four 8- to 10-inch skewers

1 pound raw shrimp (16-20 per pound), peeled and deveined (see Note)
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger, divided
2 teaspoons minced seeded jalapeño, divided
2 cups finely diced firm ripe melon
1 cup finely diced fresh pineapple
1/4 cup finely diced red bell pepper
1/4 cup finely diced green bell pepper
1/4 cup finely diced red onion
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
4 large lettuce leaves, such as Boston, romaine or iceberg
4 lime wedges

Note: To devein shrimp, use a paring knife to make a slit along the length of the shrimp. Under running water, remove the tract with the knife tip.

Combine shrimp, 1 tablespoon oil, 1 teaspoon ginger and 1 teaspoon jalapeño in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or up to 24 hours.

Combine melon, pineapple, red and green bell pepper, onion, vinegar, chopped mint and salt in a large bowl with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, 1 teaspoon ginger and 1 teaspoon jalapeño. Refrigerate until cold, about 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.

About 20 minutes before serving, preheat grill to high.

Thread the shrimp onto skewers, piercing each twice, once through the tail end and once near the head end. Grill the shrimp until pink and just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. When cool enough to handle, slide the shrimp off the skewers.

To serve, arrange one large lettuce leaf on each dinner plate. Spoon salsa onto the lettuce and top with shrimp. Garnish each serving with a lime wedge and a mint sprig, if using.

(received this recipe via email)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Minneapolis Party!

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Monday, June 14, 2010

How To Get A Boogie Buddy!

Meet the newest member of the Boogie Wipes Team, Boogs! Help your kids earn Boogs, a furry green plush, by saving 3 UPC codes from the back of 30 count Boogie Wipes. You'll need a Cut and Paste Page to get started, please visit The Boogie Wipes Website to print one. Any other questions, please click here.

I'm A Proud Parent Of A 2010 Graduate!

My son's graduation was on June 2nd and his open house was on June 12th. Both events was a success!

It was hard for me to believed this statement, "time goes by fast & children grow up so quickly", until I observed how quickly my children grew up. Wow! It seen like it was just yesterday that my children was just infants, depending on my husband and I to nurture, love, and take care of them. Please cherish every moment with your children while they're young. Believe me, it will pay off in the long run. Going to the Soccer, Touch Football/Reg. Football and Basketball games, Track & Field meets, and Tennis matches was worth it. Rain or shine, it was well worth it! :)

Yes, I'm a proud parent of a 2010 graduate! :)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

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Friday, June 4, 2010

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