Friday, June 15, 2012

Spiderman Trilogy Blu Ray Giveaway Winner

Sorry for the delay my computer and blogger were not working together very well.
Thank you all for taking part in the contest to win the Spider Man Trilogy Blu Ray DVD!

We have a winner......Brian!!!

You will be getting an e-mail shortly and once I get your snail mail address I will mail out your prize!! I hope you enjoy it!!! Thanks again to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,Walmart Stores, and Marvel Entertainment for a Spider-iffic give away for my readers!!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Meet Alex the Lion in Central Park

For any of my readers in the NYC area...
Alex the Lion will be in Central Park near the zoo today from 3:30-5:30pm and tomorrow he’ll be at The Big Apple BBQ from 11-1pm and then at AMC Empire from 2-5pm giving away fun items and taking photos with kids.

And don't forget:
Attention all families! We will be giving away a family 4 pack of tickets to the NY Madagascar 3 premiere this Thursday for every 25 new likes we receive on our page. Spread the word and you could be rubbing elbows with Alex The Lion and the rest of Europe's Most Wanted gang! Enter to win by emailing your full name and contact information to

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Spiderman Trilogy Blue Ray Giveaway

Yesterday I told you about the Spider Man truck appearance at the Watchung Wallmart.

In anticipation of the summer’s biggest blockbuster, The Amazing Spider-Man, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Walmart Stores, Inc., and Marvel Entertainment have teamed up to present the ultimate Spider-Man experience at Walmart Stores nationwide. You can have the chance to win the Spider-Man trilogy on Blu-Ray! Sounds good , right? Want to win . . just leave a comment need to leave a comment. I cannot use my "spidey" senses to know you want a copy!!

Just leave a comment any time from today, until June 15th at 9am when we will pick a name out of a hat. Good Luck!!

The Spider-Man truck is making the following stops in NJ. For a full list of locations, check out




4900 Rt 9 Howell NJ




326 W Main St Freehold NJ




1126 Rt 9 Old Bridge NJ




1501 Rt 22 Watchung NJ

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Calling all Spider Man fans

The Ultimate Spider-Man Interactive Experience Swings Into
Watchung,NJ on June 8th
If you are a Spiderman Fan, you do not want to miss everyone’s favorite Super Hero
dropping into a Walmart near you!
In anticipation of the summer’s biggest blockbuster, The Amazing Spider-Man, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Walmart Stores, Inc., and Marvel Entertainment have teamed up to present the ultimate Spider-Man experience at Walmart Stores nationwide.
Grab the family for a fun-filled adventure at your local Walmart store and explore the innovative “Secrets Unmasked” Truck Tour that turns a parking lot into a playground of interactive features including*:
 PlayStation3 gaming center with advanced demo of The Amazing Spider-Man video game from Activision available in stores on June 26th
 Demonstrations and giveaways of the new Spider-Man Bonkazonks toys and The Amazing Spider-Man Hero FX Masks from Hasbro
 HP photo center with free photo print to take home
 Sony Electronics Screening center
 Temporary tattoo station
 Samples of Spider-Man snacks from Kellogg’s
 Demo of the “Web-Slinger” augmented reality app from Smart Talk
 Spidey climbing wall (only at select locations)
*activities vary by location
So drop into Walmart Store #5111 at
1501 US Highway 22 Watchung, NJ

Friday, June 8th from 11:00am-2:00pm
More info about the movie can be found here

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Chance to Win tix to Madagascar 3 premier

Live in the tri state area and want to win tickets to attend the Madagascar 3 premier?
Click on this link and "like" the facebook page and follow the directions and you could win a family 4 pack of tickets to the NYC Madagascar e Premier this Thursday!

For every 25 likes they get on the page! Enter to win by emailing your full name and contact information to

Good Luck!!!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Memorial Day

There will be a lot of picnics and parties this weekend as folks around here usher in the Summer season.
The beaches will no longer be free, and soon won't be empty either, summer clothes will all go on clearance,
and there will be parades.I hope you all enjoy your weekend however you spend it.
I do feel it's important to remember that Memorial Day is about all the men and women who have died serving this country.We have a few picnics to attend including some fun right here in our own backyard. We will also take some time to remember those who gave their lives, not just for our freedoms and rights as Americans, but for the rights and freedoms of citizens all over the world. In the cedar chest at the end of my bed rests the Purple Heart that was given posthumously to my Grandmother's little brother, Edward.
He was killed in Korea.
Also in the chest are a bundle of letters he wrote home from basic training and the Western Union telegram that delivered the news of his death to his family. My Nana was never the same again. We all remain, as a family, proud of his service.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Winner of the Sesame Street DVD

Thanks to all who entered.
Princess wrote all the names down, and put them into a bowl.
She pulled one out and
Look who won!

Congrats Sam, e-mail me your address and I will get it out to you asap.
I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine did.
Do you feel bad for my great niece for having to give it up?
Don't...My friends at Warner Home Video were kind enough to send me a copy to review and a copy to give away. Adriana...Zia has your copy for you!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Sesame Street DVD iveaway

Sesame Street Singing with the STARS

Elmo and the gang love to sing and dance and now you and your kids can join them! With over 15 musical performances by some of the biggest names in music and entertainment, your favoriteSesame Street friends invite you to enjoy the party! 

Songs range from classics such as, “Furry Happy Monsters” with Emmy Award-winning hit “What I Am” with, 

and focus on encouraging children to feel good about who they are, boosting self-esteem and confidence. Be sure to check out the DVD trailer at the link below for a sneak peek!

The DVD bonus features include a karaoke sing along feature, musical activity tips for parents, and a downloadable activity book. Princess's favorite part is always the karaoke!
Like what you see? I sure enjoyed it when I watched with my Great Niece and my daughter.
I don't know about your family, but mine always enjoys Sesame Street! This DVD lives up to the quality we have come to expect from Sesame Street.
My friends at Warner Home Video were kind enough to send me a copy to review and a copy to give away.
Want to win one? Leave a comment here telling me your favorite Sesame character.
You do not need a blog of your own to win. Want an extra chance? Become a "follower" of this blog and leave me another comment telling me you did so.
My Princess will pick one name out of a hat on May 25th. That means you have from now, until
9am (est)on May 25th to enter. Good luck!!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Hunger Hits Home

Today I am writing to share information about a very special documentary and to ask your help in spreading the word about this important film. In an effort to support and fight against childhood hunger, Food Network in a partnership with Share Our Strength will air a special 1-hour documentary titled HUNGER HITS HOME on April 14th at 8pm/7c. The documentary offers a first-hand look at the crisis of childhood hunger in America through the eyes of the parents, children, activists, educators and politicians on the front lines of the battle. The program takes us to the heart of the matter with a focus on families from New York to Texas who struggle with hunger and the community leaders who are taking direct action to fight it.

Join me, and watch the documentary on April 14th , host a viewing event with friends/family/colleagues, using the specially prepared viewing guide to spark discussion and action in your local community.

I also invite you to post, tweet, pin and email your network about this upcoming screening – all it takes is a click of a button from the documentary home

As someone who went to bed hungry as a child, I ask you to help me end childhood hunger in America.

Donate Now.

5 F a c t s A b o u t C h i l d h o o d H u n g e r
i n t h e U . S .
  1. More than 16 million kids in America live in households that struggle to put food on the table. That’s 1 out of 5 kids.
  2. There were also over 16.4 million children in America living in poverty in 2010. That’s almost 1 million more than in 2009.
  3. 9.8 million kids get free or reduced-price school breakfast on an averageschool day, more than ever before…but 10.5 million eligible kids go without.
  4. Only 1 in 7 kids who get free and reduced-priced school lunches receivesummer meals.
  5. Almost 45 million Americans used SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps) during 2011. Nearly 75 percent of these are in families with children and more than a quarter are in households with seniors or people with disabilities.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

Princess and Farmer Dad dyed the eggs

The Easter Bunny did his part...

He did have a little help from our friend Heather and her boys ...they sent Princess "Easter in a box". She was so happy! We spent the day working in the garden,
here she is with Farmer Dad, "fencing" in her section of the veg garden.
Dinner was just the three of us....
Hope your weekend was filled with special moments too!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Great new resource for Homeschooling Moms

My real life homeschooling friend, Theresa, is launching a new site for homeschool moms with
her friend, Susan. The site is called Look! What We Did!

Here is their mission statement :

"Look! What We Did!" seeks to be a valuable resource to homeschool moms, allowing them to share their great ideas and learn from each other. We hope to help promote blogs, inspire and encourage homeschool moms and reach beyond the Blog-o-sphere by utilizing Pinterest to pin applicable posts.

Have an idea you've been wanting to share? Pop on over to Look! What We Did!

Be sure to check out their personal blogs as well, you'll thank me later. ;-)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Princess takes a class

Princess took her first "class" a couple weeks ago.
This may not be a big deal to many of you, but it was epic for me!
The first time I left her anywhere
and allowed someone else to teach her something
without me there.

She has had three art classes so far, I missed last week, because I was away with my Aunt
for some "Girl Time", but Farmer Dad took her and so far she likes the class ok. Her favorite part of it is hanging with some of her homeschool friends and meeting some other kids in the class.
The nice art supplies are cool too, but she doesn't care for the time limit on her art project each week.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Spring Cleaning

We are doing a bit of early spring cleaning here in our little corner of the Garden State.
The sun is shining, and the air is still slightly cool and filled with the promise of fun days in the sun to come.
What are you doing to herald in the Spring? Fixing up this blog is on my list, along with prepping the garden and changing out the bed linens and curtains. I want to soak up that sunshine!!
Off to throw in another load of laundry and hand wash some of my depression glass.....see you all soon!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Sugarloaf Craft Festival Giveaway

Thanks to my friends at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festivals,  I have 2 tickets for the 19th Annual Spring Sugarloaf Crafts Festival being held March 9,10, and 11th at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, New Jersey.
I know, they are so good to me! Want to hear even better news?? I have two more to give away !!

The hours are Fri and Sat 10-6, and Sun 10-5.
Children under 12 and parking are FREE.
There will be over 250 artisans  displaying and selling their glass,home and garden accessories and furniture,jewelry,fashion,photography,pottery,and sculpture.

As always, there will be live music and children's entertainment.
Just leave a comment by wed at 10 am and I will pull a name out of a hat at 10:30am and announce the winner!!

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Secret World of Arrietty

Last night we took Princess to see The Secret World of Arrietty.
 We are huge Studio Ghibli fans!It was wonderful!
The movie is based on the Mary Norton novel, The Borrowers and tells the story of a young Borrower named Arrietty, who lives under the floorboards of a house shared by a boy with a heart condition and his Aunt. Arrietty befriends the boy, but her family must escape when the Aunt's maid finds them and tries to destroy them.

We went to our favorite theater, The Dunellen Theater and Cinema Cafe.
Located at 458 North Street,Dunellen,NJ 08812
Every other row of seats have been removed and replaced with coffee tables.
They show mostly family oriented and children's movies, giving families a place to enjoy dinner and a movie at a very reasonable cost. Ticket prices are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for children and seniors.You can order off the Tavern Menu which includes a variety of sandwiches, salads,appetizers,children's menu and more,or take advantage of the Pizza Special which is 1 large cheese pizza and a pitcher of soda or beer for $14.75.We
usually get the pizza and beer and a side order of a small soda, small popcorn and 1 movie candy for Princess which is only $5.00.They do not have 3D, but we don't care for that anyway, so it's fine with us.
They also do Birthday Party packages at reasonable prices.

Once Summer comes they have Summer Movie Wednesdays.
Previously released movies shown on Wednesdays at 10am.
The tickets are $3.00 at the door for adults and children or you can buy a season pass for $22.00 and see all 10 movies that will play through out the summer. The kitchen is closed for the 10 am show, but the concession stand is open.
Here is the 2012 Summer Movie Schedule.

6/27         Justin Bieber Never Say Never
7/4           Monsters vs Aliens
7/11          Puss in Boots
7/18         Madagascar 2
7/25         Despicable Me
8/1           Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
8/8           How to Train Your Dragon
8/15         Megamind
8/22         Kung Fu Panda 2
8/29         Rio

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


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My homeschool buddies and I are all posting pics of our "home schools" as part of our idea sharing.

Plato said...

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