Monday, December 24, 2012

Cleaning House Review


Have you ever wondered how to get your kids to do more things for themselves? Cleaning House by Kay Wills Wyma tackles how to make your kids more self sufficient in life. It is a 12 month experiment she tries on her children to become more responsible at home. She covers a different topic each month such as making their beds, cleaning the bathrooms, laundry, home repair, and working for a living. The book is a very easy read and includes practical hands on ideas on how to make it successful in your family.

This book is a great parenting tool to get children to become more self sufficient and ready for adulthood. This book can apply to parents with any age child living at home. The book was very useful to me as a parent and I used the techniques on my 12, 5, and 3 year old. I had the best luck with the 3 year old for making the bed. I would recommend this book to parents that want their child to be able to have the skills to make them successful in the world without the everything revolves around me attitude.

I was given this book by Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Oliver Twist Radio Theatre

                                                                       
I had never heard the story of Oliver Twist, until I listened to the 5 disk CD from Focus on the Family. This was a wonderful story that covers the life from birth of an orphan to adolescence. His mother died during birth and he was raised by an assortment of interesting people. At times I was on the edge of my seat just hoping for a happy ending because it was hard to even think of being put through such agony. The story was very entertaining listening to it on CD and I would listen to it again. The characters voices and sounds were realistic to what you would expect. Some of the material was a little deep and that is why I would agree with the age rating for 12 and up. The Oliver Twist CD set was enjoyable to listen to and would be a great family activity.

I was given this book by Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Holiday Card Giveaway Winner!

The lucky winner of the $50 Tiny Prints credit is Ashley M. She said, "I like the Joyful Joys card!". The winner was chosen using a random number generator. Thanks to all that participated in the giveaway!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

$1 Jimmy John Subs on Nov. 1st


 This week because of customer appreciation day on Thursday Nov. 1st Jimmy Johns is selling subs 1-6 on their menu for just $1. Just stop by between 11-3. There is a limit of 1 per person. I imagine the line will be pretty long, but I will brave out the crowds. It will be my trial run before Black Friday...

Free Doritos Locos Taco Tuesday


I don't follow sports, but if I get a FREE Doritos Locos Taco on Oct 30th from 2-6pm because of it then I am excited! So stop by your local Taco Bell for a free taco. There is no purchase necessary and the limit is one per person. So my suggestion is load up your van or car with your children's friends after school and take them for a free treat...

Friday, October 19, 2012

Free 8 x 10 Print at Walgreens

You can score a FREE 8x10 print from Walgreens through Oct 20. Enter the promo code: Trulyfree at checkout and pick it up in the store. This would make a great Christmas gift if you put in in a frame.

My deals from Kroger this week!


This week at Kroger through the 20th you can score free Betty Crocker Macoroni and Cheese, free Betty Crocker Boxed Potatoes, $.25 Totino's Pizza's, $.25 Old El Paso Tortillas, and so much more with the Buy 5 Get $5 coupon on your next order coupon. You can mix & match 5 participating items to get the $5 coupon and the great thing about this sale is that the coupon rolls. If you buy 10 items you will get (2) $5 coupons. Then you could roll the coupons and buy 10 more participating items. Let me know what great deals you get!

Holiday Cards and Giveaway

(Ornament Sketches from Tinyprints)

Fall is in full swing here in Michigan. The leaves are changing and falling, it is a beautiful time of year.  I see fall decorations and pumpkins everywhere and this is the time when we do our family pictures. I love brightly colored trees and having our family pictures outdoors. When this time of year rolls around I know it is also time to create our Christmas card. It is our tradition to send a photo card out to all our friends and family. Last year we created our Christmas card from Tinyprints. It was a dual purpose card that was also an ornament that could be displayed on people's trees. It looked similar to the picture above. I received a lot of compliments that our Christmas card was very good.

Tinyprints has high quality products that are unique and has a wide selection to choose from. You can browse their selection of Christmas Cards and see for yourself. There are so many choices I am not sure what I will choose this year. Check out the special offers page for discounts and current promotions.

If you want to enter this giveaway leave a comment by October, 29th 2012 on this post as to what you would choose for your Christmas card. The winner will be chosen at random and will receive a promo code for $50 off your total order to Tinyprints (does not include shipping and cannot be combined with any other promos). This was a sponsored post from Tinyprints.

The Money Smart Family System

                                                                            
Have you ever wondered how to get your kids to do chores or be responsible with money? Well the Money Smart Family System book By Steve and Annette Economides explains how to motivate kids to do their chores, how to introduce money at different ages, and how to create financially responsible kids. The book examples how to have your younger children use a 3 part bank to give, save, and spend. Then when they get older to move to the envelope system, which still includes the 3 parts, but also adds other categories such as clothing allowance. This book is a wonderful resource and covers so much including friends, love, and marriage. I loved the point based system that the book outlines that has children earn a morning point for getting dressed, brushing their teeth, making their bed, and having a good attitude. Then the students can earn other points for school, round up, and chores. After reading the book I was very inspired and created a similar system at my house.

I highly recommend this book to anyone with kids. This book addresses children at all ages even kids that have moved out, but may come back because of a divorce or some other situation. I was given this book by Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.