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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Phineas & Ferb: The Perry Files DVD Giveaway - 3 Winners

Phineas and Ferb: The Perry Files (Two-Disc Combo: DVD + Digital Copy + In-pack Perry Activity Kit) will be available June 5th!

While Phineas and Ferb do it all to make every day the best day ever, evil lurks just around the corner! But there is hope for the unsuspecting citizens of Danville. Now, for the very first time, crack open the top-secret archives of O.W.C.A. (Organization Without a Cool Acronym) to expose... THE PERRY FILES!

Join Perry the Platypus (a.k.a. Agent P.) on his most exciting adventures as he thwarts his nemesis, Dr. Doofenshmirtz, at every turn. With groovy gadgets, mad skills and his trademark brown fedora, this semi-aquatic, egg-layin’ mammal of action is unstoppable! Experience the hilarious havoc as he defends the Tristate Area against Doof’s “inators,” battles rogue agent “Dennis the Bunny,” and much more. When it comes to secret agents, Perry’s not only the real deal, he’s real teal!


· Nerves of Teal: Do you have nerves of teal? Then OWCA (Organization Without a Cool Acronym) wants you! See if you have what it takes to become like Agent P in this spy recruiting video.

· Platypus Tour: Take a look inside the Platybus, the traveling Phineas and Ferb exhibit that toured North America.


Three (3) lucky readers will have a chance to win their own copy of "Phineas & Ferb: The Perry Files DVD". Chosen winners will be selected via through Rafflecopter and is open to Canadian residents only (except Quebec) and ends June 8, 2012 at 11:59pm EST. Winners will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Clean up with Kidorable Hangers + a Giveaway

Do you ever sometimes ask yourself, "How can I get my kids to clean their rooms?" Put your kids' imagination to work and have fun telling stories about Fairies or Pirates while hanging up their clothes. Kidorable has fun and unique hangers that you and your kids will love. For only a limited time, you can get 20% off your entire order when you purchase those super cute Kidorable Hanger Sets.


These Kidorable hand-painted, hand-carved wooden hangers are ideal for those who want to give more than just another toy. With these hangers, hanging up clothes becomes fun, not a chore. Hangers are available in two sizes, newborn to three years, and ages four and up. Each hanger set includes 5 hangers. Here are a few of my favorites:

From June 11 through June 18, just use coupon code CLEANUP2 and save 20% on your entire order at checkout on

I have the frog hanger that I've purchased thru Kidorable a couple years ago and my son and I are still using it. These are great for hanging his rain jacket, coats, and clothing. The hanger feels very durable. Little Brandon loves it because of the unique design made just for kids.


Thanks to Kidorable, one (1) of my lucky readers will have a chance to win their own set of fun Kidorable hangers of their choice. Chosen winner will be selected via through Rafflecopter and is open to US & Canadian residents (ends July 1, 2012 at 11:59pm EST). Winner will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize.

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Disclosure: The mentioned products were purchase on my own previously. I was provided info from the company or PR firm to share. The expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Blogiversary Celebration Giveaway

I am happy to be participating in this celebration with 7 On A ShoeString and other participating bloggers.

Here is what she says:
"May 21, 2012 was officially 1 year since I moved my old blogspot blog over to WordPress and became 7 on a Shoestring. The past year has been an amazing ride! I have done things I could have never imagined and have been to places I would never have thought possible. Plus, the friends I have met along the way have been incredible and I am excited about continuing the journey."


10K Facebook Fans and 1 Year Blogiversary Celebration

Therefore in honor of hitting 10K Facebook Fans {and then some} and the 1 Year Blogiversary, we are celebrating by giving each of you the chance to win some great prizes from some of the gracious sponsors who have joined me in commemorating the event. Not only do you have a chance to win the great prizes below, but you can also enter to win from the 7 Giveaway-A-Day sweepstakes from over the past week. Our sponsors have been awesome and all deserve much appreciation as well!

Sponsors for the Grand Prize Event

Each of the sponsors below have included a prize in the Grand Prize event. On the Giveaway Tools form you will find each of their Social Media accounts listed in order to support them as well. I will draw 6 winners, 1 for each prize. You MUST tell me your 1st and 2nd choice in prizes and you MUST like the sponsors Facebook page in order to be eligible for that prize. I believe it is only fair to the brand.
Secondly, a HUGE thank you to the 143 other bloggers that have joined me in promoting this celebration! My blogging community has been amazing and I could do not have gotten where I am without your support. Therefore, other than liking them on Facebook or following them on Twitter, please make sure to include the blog's name or URL where you are entering so I can personally thank them for their hard work!

VTech Audio Monitor

Enter to Win

Are you ready? Here are the prizes up for grabs and the sponsors offering them:

VTech - Safe & Sound Digital Audio Monitor
Clipa- Polished Silver Handbag Hanger
BabbaCo - The BabbaBox
Bling Bling by Cyndi- $25 Gift Certificate
Rubbermaid - Clean & Dry Plunger
Build a Dream Playhouses - Choice of The Cosmic Cruiser or The Dream Machine

Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Make sure to show your support for the sponsors and bloggers in the event. And THANK YOU for making the past year a success. Good luck!

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Links to Giveaway-A-Day events:

Blogiversary Giveaway Day 1 with French Toast and Charm It
Blogiversary Giveaway Day 2 with Gummy Lump
Blogiversary Giveaway Day 3 with D&N Kids and Mouthman Hoodies
Blogiversary Giveaway Day 4 with SPARQ and Wholly Salsa
Blogiversary Giveaway Day 5 with Learn to Read and Marvels Comic Book
Blogiversary Giveaway Day 6 with Kerflip and Swingset Press

Disclaimer: No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are clearly based on the number of entries received. This promotion is no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter. This giveaway is compliant with Facebook TOS. To qualify to win, you must fill out the entry form and follow all rules above. Winners will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond. You must be 18 years old to enter and live in the continental US only! Please understand that 7 on a Shoestring and other participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that fail to fulfill their prizes. Please allow 4-6 weeks for shipping.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

{WINNER} TinyPrints Gift Certificate Giveaway

Announcement: The lucky WINNER for the TinyPrints $20 GC Giveaway that ended May 22, 2012 is..... (drum roll, please).

Congratulations to Jamie Brigham (#65)

I have sent you an email. You have 48 hours to respond. Thanks everyone for participating in my giveaway contests.

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{WINNER} Funky Monkey Snacks Giveaway

Announcement: The lucky WINNER for the Funky Monkey Snacks Giveaway that ended May 12, 2012 is..... (drum roll, please).

EDIT: Winner was re-drawn as original winner have not responded.

Congratulations to Lisa Smith (#131)

I have sent you an email. You have 48 hours to respond. Thanks everyone for participating in my giveaway contests.

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Kidorable Raincoat & Umbrella English Roses Collection

New to the Kidorable rain gear and kids apparel is the English Roses Collection by Madonna. All styles are PVC with a comfortable polyester lining.

Here are the May 2012 coupon codes:

KidorableMay 1-31
Save $2.00 off any Madonna's English Rose Umbrella
code: Englishumb

May 7-31
Save $3.00 off any English Rose Boots
code: Englishboots

May 21-31
Save $5 off any English Rose Rain Coat
code: Englishcoat

Kidorable Raincoats

Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this post. I was provided info from the company or PR firm to share. The expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Original Kit-Cat Clock

Since the mid 1930's (in the midst of the Great Depression), the Kit-Cat Clock has been inspiring hope and entertaining the world with his rolling eyes and wagging tail. Go here to read more about the history of how the Kit-Cat Clock came about.

I was given the opportunity to share with you my review on the black classic Kit-Cat clock. It reminds me of Felix the cat. We love cats. Even our cat, Momo, thought the clock was interesting and stared at the wagging tail on the wall. We hung it on the wall in little Brandon's playroom. It gives a fun feeling and makes the room more entertaining. I find it very adorable. This is quite a unique item and makes a great gift.

When I opened the box, it didn't come with instructions, but installation and set-up was fairly simple. You need to push the bottom to "lift" out the back cover. Then Remove the sponge inside and the tape from the pendulum. The clock requires two C-type batteries. After installing the batteries, attach the tail and hang it on the wall. I just tap the tail lightly to the side to get it going. Brandon was quite amused with it.

I also received a Hallmark style greeting card with a photo of Kit-Cat on the cover. The card shows the real sentiment behind why many people give a Kit-Cat as a gift to a loved one. Inside the card reads:

"Put a smile on everyone's face;
Love in everyone's heart;
And -- be a positive force in
everyone's life!

Every time you look at
Kit-Cat, let your smile
Come out, it's time to
Remember that you are
Special to me!"

WHERE TO BUY: Kit-Cat Klock and other merchandise are available for purchase at Mention my blog "Baby Brandon's Adventures" and you'll get a FREE greeting card ($2.99) with your order.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product from the PR Firm/Company in exchange for my review. The opinions expressed in my review are my own personal and honest thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Preschool Field Trip to the Firestation

On Wednesday, May 16th, the preschool morning class went on a field trip. This was Brandon's first visit to the fire station (Fire Hall No. 15). The parents took the kids and met up with the class at the location. It was a fun day for the kids. They got to sit in the fire truck, meet the firemen and check out the gear, as well as watch the demo of the fireman going up the ladder on the firetruck. At the end, each of the kids had their own fire chief helmet and a coloring book.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tips for Parents

Bringing Up Little Angels
Children’s Authors Offer Character-Building Tips

A recent rash of news stories highlights the positive in society’s youngest members: “Child Saves Kids from Bus Crash;” “Child Saves His Brother from Possible Abduction;” “Child Saves Family from House Fire.”

But all too often, the news involving children indicates a dangerous lack of morality: 7- and 8-year-olds stealing cars; a 9-year-old’s recent shooting of a school classmate; a 12-year-old charged with armed robbery. A particularly bad one nearly 20 years ago shocked sisters Debbie Burns and Patty Cockrell. Two 10-year-old truants abducted a toddler in England, tortured the little boy and beat him to death.

It prompted the women to begin work on Tukie Tales: A New Beginning for a Better Tomorrow, a series of five children’s books designed to help parents teach young children important values.

“There is something especially senseless in reading about small children committing sadistic crimes,” Burns says. “We wanted to be part of a ‘positive push’ in the right direction.”

The younger the child, the more impressionable they are, she says. We wanted to help busy parents scrambling to make ends meet teach children empathy, compassion, environmental awareness and other values.

“I don’t think parents are bad,” she says. “But with all the economic worries, the job losses and home foreclosures, many are focused on working and worrying. It’s hard to also be thinking, ‘What value will I teach my child today?’ ”

Burns and Cockrell offer tips for parents to help positively shape children:

Promote a love for nature: Are your kids outdoors much? Parents who are busying shuttling their sons and daughters from one building to another may overlook the benefits of the great outdoors. Wilderness, however, has a therapeutic effect on indoor dwellers. Spending time in nature also helps children learn about their place in the world and the value of all the life that shares space with us.

Show the value of teamwork: Working together toward a common goal doesn’t always come naturally to children – or adults. Many youngsters learn teamwork through sports, which is good but almost always includes a competitive element. It’s important for children to experience the added benefits of creating, problem-solving and getting chores done as a team. Parents should look for opportunities to point out their children’s great teamwork.

Make sure they appreciate safety: No good parent wants to unnecessarily frighten their children, but carelessness leads to bad habits, injuries and opportunities for others to do them harm. The best medicine for any problem is prevention. Remember: Don’t take for granted that your young child knows what’s safe and what’s not. Some years ago, someone taught you that stoves can burn your hand – even though you can’t remember who or when it was.

Build their confidence with at least one skill: Remember what it’s like to be 4 years old? Very young children come into this world with no previous experience, which means their brains are hungry for know-how. Knowledge and skills to a child are like water for a thirsty man in the desert.

• Kindness counts: It is one thing to teach kids the old idiom that one catches more flies with honey than with vinegar. But children should also know that people who make kindness a habit tend to be happier; there is an inherent joy in helping others.

“I understand parents are busy earning a living to support their children,” Cockrell says. “But who you raise in the process makes all the difference to the future world.”

About Debbie Burns & Patty Cockrell

Burns and Cockrell are sisters and best friends. They were determined to instill honest and wholesome values in their children after establishing their families. Deeply affected by the bad news of the world, they decided to promote a better experience for children. The “Tukie Tales” series is written with compassion and love for all of the world’s children in the hope of making a positive difference.

Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this post. I was provided info from the PR firm to share. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Walmart's Mom of the Year Award

Mother's Day has just passed, but to me Mother's Day is every day because we're always putting in so much effort and hard work for the best to each of our families. It was my third celebration for Mother's Day and I am so grateful to be a wonderful mom to little Brandon. He makes me so proud (most of the time). As mentioned from my previous post, Brandon made me a card at school with a framed photo of himself as a gift. That night, he hugged me and said out of the blue, "I love you, Mommy!" It was really touching and it almost made me cry.

Without question, motherhood is a labour of love. Remember the stupor of the first few days of motherhood? The weight of the responsibility of your new role overshadowed only by the intense love you now felt for this needy little being? It felt like your life had been turned upside down, and yet somehow you made it work.

The past couple of years, I've met many moms that have inspired me. Since I've starting blogging a lot more and meeting other moms through blogging networks, I have learned a lot from them. There are moms who go to great lengths to ensure their families thrive, moms who have sacrificed their career for their family (that includes me), moms who have worked to raise money for a cause they believe in and moms who have stood up and worked to make their community a better place.

About the Mom of the Year Award:

I am excited to announce that this year, Walmart is launching the Mom of the Year Award to help celebrate and recognize the huge contribution moms make as role models and integral members of the family and community. This award will become an annual program to celebrate all that Moms do and shine a light on what is important to them. Nominations will be accepted Mother’s Day (May 13) through July 8, 2012 and can be submitted through This is going to be an exciting event that I am happy share with all of you.

Eight finalists will be selected and notified in mid-August and will be treated to an award celebration weekend in September. The Mom of the Year Award recipient will receive $10,000 for personal use and $100,000 to their cause or charity of choice. The remaining seven finalists will each receive $10,000 for personal use and $10,000 to their cause or charity of choice. Can you imagine the impact you could have on your favourite charity with that much money?

Nominate a special mom in your life or maybe YOU could be the Mom of the Year!

Disclosure: I’m part of the Walmart program by Mom Central. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own. Mom of the Year Award: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY Internet access and valid email account required. Nominations open May 10, 2012 to July 8, 2012 for legal residents of Canada over the age of majority. Entrants cannot nominate themselves. One (1) grand prize available to be won consisting of $10,000 cash, a $100,000 donation by Wal-mart Canada Corp. to charity/cause and a trip to Toronto (ARV $22,000). Seven (7) runner-up prizes available to be won consisting of $10,000 cash, a $10,000 donation to charity/cause and a trip to Toronto (ARV $22,000). Charity/cause subject to verification and final approval by Wal-mart Canada Corp., at its sole discretion. Odds of winning depend on how the judging panel evaluates each entry according to the criteria. For Official Contest Rules and to nominate an entrant, visit [].

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